On Tuesday, December 16th, in a New York Times article, it describes the interim Iraqi foreign minister, Hoshyar Zebari scolding the United Nations for allowing Saddam Hussein to terrorize the populace of Iraq for 35 years.
“The United Nations as an organization failed to help rescue the Iraqi people from a murderous tyranny that lasted over 35 years, and today we are unearthing thousands of victims in horrifying testament to that failure.”
He declared, “The U.N. must not fail the Iraqi people again.”
The accusatory tone of Mr. Zebari’s speech irritated some diplomats but did not adversely affect the ensuing closed-door Security Council discussion over the United Nations’ role in Iraq, according to a European participant.
Secretary General Kofi Annan, the first to emerge from the hall, appeared taken aback, however.
“Now is not the time to pin blame and point fingers,” he told reporters. Conceding that Mr. Zebari was “obviously entitled to his opinion,” Mr. Annan said the United Nations had done as much for Iraq as it could under the circumstances and was prepared to do more. “Quite honestly,” he reiterated, “now is not the time to hurl accusations and counteraccusations.”
Kofi Annan should be upset, but not because of the verbal spanking he received. He should be upset at how over the past twenty years the U.N. has become a lame duck in the world view. When there are attrocities in the world, the U.N. debates the sides for years before anything is done. The various countries on the security council usually have to be bribed or chided into action. The U.N administration is too busy trying to appease as many people as possible as opposed to doing what is right. If the U.N. wants more respect and influence to lead the world, they must earn it.
Mr. Zebari has put it out there as plainly as day. The U.N. wants to lead the world to peace and prosperity. Before it can even start, it has to learn to set an example of leadership. It has to show a moral authority to stand up to tyrants and terrorists. Unfortunately, when a good portion of the U.N. is made up of tyrants, this is unlikely to be accomplished in the near future.
The United States has to set an example of leadership for the world by confronting tyrants and hunting down the individuals who would bring down civilization.