December 3, 2004

THE THING SHOULD COME WITH AN ORANGE JUMPSUIT:

Annan is teetering on his pedestal (Warren Hoge, December 3, 2004, The New York Times)

"He was almost a saint-like character, clearly the most respected UN leader since Dag Hammarskjold," said Timothy Wirth, president of the United Nations Foundation, referring to the Swedish Secretary General of the 1950s long considered the post's most distinguished occupant.

Today Annan is the embattled head of an organization at odds with its most powerful constituent, the United States, and the object of such personal scorn that critics of the United Nations - chief among them Senator Norm Coleman, a Minnesota Republican, whose Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations is scrutinizing the scandal-ridden United Nations oil-for-food program - are calling on him to resign.

Diplomats at the United Nations, caught by surprise at the broad assault on the organization and Annan, are alarmed at evidence that a campaign they felt was confined to conservative Republicans angry over UN opposition to the Bush administration invasion of Iraq is spreading so rapidly.

"The danger now is that a group of people who want to destroy or paralyze the UN are beginning to pick up support from some of those whose goal is to reform it," said Richard Holbrooke, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations under President Bill Clinton, and an Annan booster.

"He had the moral authority of the Nobel Prize...


As if there were a conflict between the "moral authority of the Nobel Prize" and deserving scorn?

Posted by Orrin Judd at December 3, 2004 9:37 AM
Comments

Frank J. of IMAO had a great comment, inspired by Arafat but in no wise restricted to him--

"Maybe we should start a charity to help victims of Nobel Peace Prize winners."

Posted by: Scribbler at December 3, 2004 9:55 AM

They are surprised that after they insult the most powerful nation in the world, the one that foots the bulk of the budget, that said nation would respond with anger?

What are they putting in the water coolers over ther?

Posted by: Mikey at December 3, 2004 10:44 AM

Yasser Arafat and Jimmy Carter also had the moral authority of the Nobel Prize. The former, of course, was a murderer, and the latter is an enabler of anti-Western regimes from South America to the Middle East. If anything, the Nobel Prize is a badge of dishonor now.

Posted by: Morrie at December 3, 2004 10:44 AM

The dude practices 3rd world nepotism and corruption while helping Saddam buy off the French. And Wirth and Holbrooke think he's a saint. The UN may be the best wedge issue ever.

Posted by: JAB at December 4, 2004 12:34 AM

The most respected UN leader since Dag Hammarskjold? Hammarskjold was one of the most pernicious influences on the destinies of a large number of countries on the African continent. His meddlings in Nigeria, particularly, helped to plunge that nation into decades of civil war, mass murder, endemic corruption, and overall misery that has persisted to this day. One should be merciful even to one's enemies; creepy as Annan undeniably is, let us not insult him by suggesting the evil he has done is on the scale of Hammarskjold's.

Posted by: at December 4, 2004 2:43 PM
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