Tim Blair


New Criterion



Thursday, September 16, 2004
UNITED NATIONS BUREAUCRAT, and former manager of the UN's response to the Rwanda genocide, and current manager of the UN's response to the Darfur genocide, Kofi Annan, has criticised the United States for acting to enforce UN resolutions on Iraq.

"Yes, if you wish. I've indicated that it was not in conformity with the UN Charter from our point of view, and from the Charter point of view it was illegal."
Annan told the BBC.

Nothing new in this, except that he's chosen to intervene during the US election campaign, and while the Darfur genocide remains to be completed.

Still, it will lock in his constituency, the French, Germans, Russians, Arabs and Chinese. Darfurians don't get to vote.

The next test of the will of the UN to take "legal" action in support of world peace approaches. The US and its allies are presenting a motion on Iran's nukes programme, watered down in the attempt to match European tastes.