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  1. Real World

    Real World Moderator Staff Member

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    Funny how some will blindly defend the indefensible.


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    The Sunday Times October 01, 2006


    Is there blood on his hands?

    As Kofi Annan prepares to stand down as UN secretary-general, Adam LeBor investigates the accusations made against the world’s chief defender of human rights


    THE CASE AGAINST KOFI ANNAN

    Excerpt from the article:

    Srebrenica is rarely mentioned nowadays in Annan’s offices on the 38th floor of the UN secretariat building in New York. He steps down in December after a decade as secretary-general. His retirement will be marked by plaudits. But behind the honorifics and the accolades lies a darker story: of incompetence, mismanagement and worse. Annan was the head of the Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) between March 1993 and December 1996. The Srebrenica massacre of up to 8,000 men and boys and the slaughter of 800,000 people in Rwanda happened on his watch. In Bosnia and Rwanda, UN officials directed peacekeepers to stand back from the killing, their concern apparently to guard the UN’s status as a neutral observer. This was a shock to those who believed the UN was there to help them.

    Annan’s term has also been marked by scandal: from the sexual abuse of women and children in the Congo by UN peacekeepers to the greatest financial scam in history, the UN-administered oil-for-food programme. Arguably, a trial of the UN would be more apt than a leaving party.

    The charge sheet would include guarding its own interests over those it supposedly protects; endemic opacity and lack of accountability; obstructing investigations, promoting the inept and marginalising the dedicated. Such accusations can be made against many organisations. But the UN is different. It has a moral mission.

    It was founded by the allies in 1945 to “save succeeding generations from the scourge of war†and “reaffirm faith in fundamental human rightsâ€. Its key documents – the Charter, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the genocide convention – are the most advanced formulation of human rights in history. And they have been flouted by UN member states for decades.


    http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,2099-2368626_1,00.html
     
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    Pujo Experienced Starter w/First Big Contract

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    He's no gem, but the indictments in the article seem to be against the UN and not particularly Kofi Annan. Mismanagement & the oil-for-food program were his babies, but the secretary-general can't give orders to peacekeeping forces, and certainly he can't be liable for the actions of member states. I don't like the UN, and I don't like Annan, but the article doesn't say what it purports to say.
     
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    The man is a piece of sh!t but the American liberals love him because he Hates Bush and Conservative America just as much as they do.

    Kofi and Jessie Jackoff are two peas in a pod.
     
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    Feel the same way about George Bush?

    Next!
     
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    That doesn't make sense, but I liked how you worked George Bush into it.
     
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    It sucks to see someone who represents such important ethical standards fail to live up to them, but I've never been a big fan of his... oil-for-food is just another way for rich nations to short-change oil-producers and oil companies to gouge consumers...

    Annan seems more like a Jimmy Carter when the UN needs a Bill Clinton, someone who will get things done and command respect from member nations. I think it would be good for the UN to have a well-meaning American as secretary-general rather than a token 3rd world representative, seeing as the UN BADLY needs American public support. An American who didn't toe the same line as our appointed rep would boost worldwide confidence in the UN, IMO
     
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    The Times of London is a Murdoch paper, so it's sort like Fox News and the New York Post in its lack of journalistic integrity. My advice: Look up each subject in Wikipedia, which provides a more objective view of some of the issues. After reading the article, and reading some of the relevant Wikipedia entries, one discovers the article is very incomplete, and in each situation the UN was beset the limitations of the UN resolutions, manpower issues, and lack of US support. That said, the UN did make some mistakes and did remove a number of officials who failed.

    On the author's own website, it says, "LeBor argues the UN must return to its founding principles, take a moral stand and set the agenda of the Security Council instead of merely following the lead of the great powers." As I have said of the UN, it's only as strong as its member states, and until the U.S. chooses to be one of the community of nations, it's hard to see how the U.N. will be effective in regions that require tremendous military expertise, such as those cited in the article.

    There's too much wrong with the article to disuss in this thread, but if you want to choose one example, I'll be happy to respond. At any rate, I'll always think Annan did an okay job, considering the rabid hate for the UN by the United States. Until the world's only superpower becomes more supportive of the UN, the UN will have difficulty in its military operations.
     
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    It's simple. GW is the face of the United States. He is the president. Therefore, he recieves his fair share of responsibility for whatever policies this country undertakes during his tenure. I would expect that Kofi Annan would be held to the same standard. When the US sends troops to Iraq, ultimately it reflects on GW. The same holds true with UN forces abroad.
     
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    Bruschi, I've been a huge proponent of Slick Willy as Secretary General of the UN. It's an absolute perfect fit. He's well regarded throughout the world, respected, and is an absolute politicians politician. He'd be perfect. His being SG would serve two needs, a competant SG who would reinvigerate American support, and as a fence mender who could help restore favor to the US image abroad. Problem is, it won't happen.
     
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    The part I bolded is moronic. Wilkipedia? Please.


    Do you honestly think this is the only article on the subject? Oh you are more of an appologist than I thought Frauders. Just admit it, the UN & Kofi Annan are total jokes. It's ok to admit the obvious Frauders. The two are indefensable.
     
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    Here's some more Frauders. From the left of center Washington Post. Gotta love that Kofi Annan run UN.

    BTW, this girl Yvette is 14 years old.

    Congo's Desperate 'One-Dollar U.N. Girls'

    Shunned Teens, Many Raped by Militiamen, Sell Sex to Peacekeepers

    By Emily Wax
    Washington Post Foreign Service
    Monday, March 21, 2005; Page A01

    "From time to time, I still do it. I am obligated," Yvette said. She and the other teenage girls interviewed for this article agreed to be identified provided only their first names were used. "Sometimes it happens in U.N. cars, other times at the camp. But at least they paid us. I was worthless anyhow. My honor was lost."

    Yvette's story is not uncommon. The United Nations is investigating 150 instances in which 50 peacekeeping troops or civilians in the Congo mission are suspected of having sexually abused or exploited women and girls, some as young as 12.

    Often, the victims were vulnerable, poverty-stricken girls engaged in what Congolese call "obligation" or "survival" sex. In this war-shattered society, aid workers and counselors said, a breakdown of cultural norms, combined with extreme poverty, has driven hundreds of kidogo usharatis to the soldiers' doorsteps.

    Similar charges have been made about U.N. missions in Sierra Leone and Liberia, as well as Kosovo and Bosnia in Europe.

    The United Nations is also investigating reports of rape or sexual assault in Congo, including one case in which a French logistics employee was found with hundreds of videotapes that showed him torturing and sexually abusing naked girls. Last week, U.N. officials announced they had fired one employee and suspended six others from among 17 civilian staff members being investigated in the Congo abuses.

    Secretary General Kofi Annan on Sunday unveiled new rules for the United Nations that, in part, address the reports of sexual misconduct by its personnel.


    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A52333-2005Mar20.html
     
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    The U.N. Sex Scandal

    From the January 3 / January 10, 2005 issue: Exploitation, abuse, and other humanitarian efforts.

    by Joseph Loconte
    01/03/2005, Volume 010, Issue 16

    LAST MONTH A CLASSIFIED UNITED Nations report prompted Secretary General Kofi Annan to admit that U.N. peacekeepers and staff have sexually abused or exploited war refugees in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The worst of the 150 or so allegations of misconduct--some of them captured on videotape--include pedophilia, rape, and prostitution. While a U.N. investigation into the scandal continues, the organization has just suspended two more peacekeepers in neighboring Burundi over similar charges. The revelations come three years after another U.N. report found "widespread" evidence of sexual abuse of West African refugees.

    "The issue with the U.N. is that peacekeeping operations unfortunately seem to be doing the same thing that other militaries do," Gita Sahgal of Amnesty International told the Christian Science Monitor. "Even the guardians have to be guarded." That's not far off the mark. Various U.N. reports and interviews with humanitarian groups suggest that international peacekeeping missions are creating a predatory sexual culture among vulnerable refugees--from relief workers who demand sexual favors in exchange for food to U.N. troops who rape women at gunpoint.


    http://www.weeklystandard.com/Content/Public/Articles/000/000/005/081zxelz.asp
     
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    I guess there is a pedophelia network running at the UN.

    A French UN worker accused of child rape in Congo says there is an organized network of pedophiles at the UN mission: Explicit Photos Fan U.N. Sex Scandal. UNITED NATIONS — A scandal about the sexual abuse of Congolese women and children by U.N. officials and peacekeepers intensified Friday with the broadcast of explicit pictures of a French U.N. worker and Congolese girls and his claim that there was a network of pedophiles at the U.N. mission in Congo.

    The staffer, Didier Bourguet, 41, is facing charges of sexual abuse and rape in France. His lawyer, Claude de Boosere- Lepidi, said in court last week that there was a network of U.N. personnel who had sex with underage girls and that Bourguet had engaged in similar activity in a previous U.N. posting in the Central African Republic.



    http://atlasshrugs2000.typepad.com/atlas_shrugs/2005/02/french_un_worke.html


    So who is this Didier Bourguet? Hmmm....

    Late last year, police in the Democratic Republic of Congo decided to find out if it was true that United Nations peacekeepers and aid workers were raping girls as young as 12.

    They set up a sting: a child was sent to the home of senior UN worker Didier Bourguet, who was thought to be among the worst offenders.

    Bourguet allegedly tried to have sex with the girl, prompting police to raid the house. They found his bedroom set up like a film studio for making pornographic films. There were mirrors on three bedroom walls, and on the fourth wall, a camera that Bourguet could operate with a remote control.

    On his computer, they allegedly found dozens of videos and photos of him having sex with children. In one photo, tears are rolling down the face of a victim.

    Bourguet is on trial in France, but his arrest hardly ends the matter. The UN has since admitted that some of its peacekeepers regularly raped, abused and prostituted children in their care.

    Besides Bourguet, the UN has collected information about two peacekeepers in Congo who gave young girls jars of mayonnaise and jam in exchange for sex.



    Annan's words from the same article:

    Mr Annan has acknowledged that "acts of gross misconduct have taken place". Yet he seems immune to the outrage. In response on Wednesday to questions in New York about the scandal, he urged UN troops "to be careful" not to "fraternise" with these "vulnerable people".

    Mr Annan previously headed the UN's peacekeeping force. Asked whether he could have done more to prevent the abuse in Congo, he said: "You never know when you send that many people out. There may be one or two bad apples."


    http://www.theage.com.au/news/World...f/2005/02/17/1108609344719.html?oneclick=true

    Just priceless.
     

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