DATE: 9/23/2003 02:50:00 PM
Interesting - The countries and UN officials (France, Germany, Kofi Annan) who didn't want to depose Saddam Hussein are now demanding power be handed over to the Iraqi people as soon as possible. Kofi Annan started the meeting of the UN General Assembly this morning with strong criticism of President Bush, saying that military force like the war on Iraq...
"could set precedents that result in a proliferation of the unilateral and lawless use of force, with or without credible justification,"Read that again. "The unilateral and lawless use of force." This is what the head of the world's premier international body thinks about the freeing of a people and the end of an oppressive regime. Hussein's gassing of his own people, building up of horrible weapons, children's prisons and mass graves were not "credible justification" for war. What sort of man is Annan? Where was he when France lauched raids on African countries, or when Clinton lauched a war in Kosovo?
In the lead-up to the Iraqi war, one image stands out to me. An Iraqi man jumped into a UN vehicle, asking for help. The blue-hatted weapons inspector ignored him and allowed the Iraqi police to drag the man away. The United Nations, in all its power and all its compassion for the poor, wouldn't listen to the cry of a man who desperately wanted to escape an evil regime.
That, to me, will always be the legacy of the organization headed by Kofi Annan. They did nothing to free the Iraqi people, but now seem intent on doing anything to put roadblocks in the way of those who do want to help. Shame on them, and on Mr. Annan for his "leadership" of this organization.