March 18, 2006


U.N. to raise its profile in Iraq (Betsy Pisik, 3/18/06, THE WASHINGTON TIMES)

The senior U.N. official in Iraq yesterday said that the United Nations will soon be raising its profile there, acknowledging that its "perceived absence" has been noticeable since a tragic suicide bombing after the U.S. invasion three years ago.

Might have been a good idea to help us enforce the UN Resolutions in the first place.

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 18, 2006 8:38 AM

Usually the UN "raises its profile" by getting caught in massive financial scandals or forced prostitution. Who wants to start a pool on which of those this effort results in?

Posted by: Annoying Old Guy at March 18, 2006 10:02 AM

In Iraq, the UN already has a head start in the financial scandal division with the "Oil for Bribes" caper, so I'll pick Financial, although given the UN's past record, I wouldn't rule out prostitution as well.

Posted by: erp at March 18, 2006 10:08 AM

I'd guess that there are several UN employees who have already realized that Iraq has lots of orphans and widows.

But it will be difficult for the organization as a whole to walk back that wide yellow stripe into Baghdad, no?

Posted by: jim hamlen at March 18, 2006 10:13 AM

The surest sign that Baghdad now has 5-star hotels and restaurants. Anyone for a study commission?

Posted by: jeff at March 18, 2006 11:00 AM

I wouldn't want to be running a business next to wherever the new U.N. office is, since the terrorists already know if they successfully bomb them, they'll cut and run again.

Posted by: John at March 18, 2006 11:51 AM

i predict that the iraqi government will decline to allow the u.n. back into the country. they know that no good will come of it, and that the carrion feeders will carry much pestilence in their wake. koffi, you are unmasked, unveiled, and unwanted -- good job.

Posted by: toe at March 18, 2006 12:08 PM

If the fat boys in Armani suits are back, it's over. We won.

Posted by: Mikey at March 18, 2006 4:16 PM