Wednesday, June 22, 2005

Didn't He Also Invent The Internet,
Or Was That Somebody Else?

Kofi Annan wrote an article the other day, which was published in the Washington Post, wherein he touted his accomplisments in Iraq. He didn't mention the United States, Britain, or Australia one single time in the whole article. Amazing:

Today I am traveling to Brussels to join representatives of more than 80 governments and institutions in sending a loud and clear message of support for the political transition in Iraq.

A year ago, in Resolution 1546, the U.N. Security Council set out the timetable that Iraq, with the assistance of the United Nations and the international community, was expected to fulfill. The Brussels conference is a chance to reassure the Iraqi people that the international community stands with them in their brave efforts to rebuild their country, and that we recognize how much progress has been made in the face of daunting challenges.

Elections were held in January, on schedule. Three months later the Transitional National Assembly endorsed the transitional government. The dominant parties have begun inclusive negotiations, in which outreach to Sunni Arabs is a major theme. A large number of Sunni groups and parties are now ...
This agreement, which the United Nations helped to facilitate ...
Our response has been prompt and resolute ...
My special representative, Ashraf Qazi, is encouraging and facilitating the delicate task of political outreach ...
the United Nations is at work, both inside and outside the country, to support donor coordination, capacity-building of Iraqi ministries and civil society organizations ...

Blah, blah, blah.

What the hell does he have to do with any of it?

And then there's this comment:

In a media-hungry age, visibility is often regarded as proof of success ...

I guess that's why the head of the United Nations is spending his time writing an article for the Washing Post.

Rusty Shackleford at the Jawa Report comments:

Recall that after the horrific UN HQ bombing in August 2003, the one that killed Sergio Vieira de Mello and 21 others? The UN bugged out after that, and left the dirty work to the coalition.
They've trickled back in since then, and they've probably done some good here and there, but the notion that because they had observers at the election they are driving the democratization of Iraq is ludicrous.

There's only the faintest mention in this editorial of the violence and security problems that plague Iraq. There is no mention of the daily, dirty, dangerous efforts of Coaliton forces to stabilize the country. He might as well be writing about post-tsunami Aceh.

Hell, Halliburton's for-profit contracting has done ten times the good in Iraq that the UN has.