:: Thursday, September 16, 2004 ::
Something Else We All Knew Already
UN Secretary-General, Kofi Annan, declares the Iraq war Illegal.
The declaration of the United Nations secretary-general, Kofi Annan, on the Iraq war was shocking in its simplicity. He described it for the first time as "illegal". No caveats. No equivocation. None of the ambiguity loved by diplomats, especially at UN headquarters. The shock is in part because Annan is an inherently cautious individual...
His verdict undercuts the argument pursued relentlessly by George Bush and Tony Blair that the war had UN approval. Blair cites as justification two security council resolutions from the aftermath of the 1991 Gulf war and the one agreed after much tortuous negotiation in 2002, even though it did not warn explicitly of war if Iraq failed to disarm, only of "serious consequences". Annan said on Wednesday this was not enough: a second resolution explicitly authorising war was needed.
Gee, who knows what the UN says better, those who want it to say what they want it to, or the guy in charge of making sure it runs? I'll go with the latter.
:: The Squire 10:19 PM :: email this post :: ::