Sunday, October 17, 2004

So Who's For Sale, Mr. Annan?

Kofi Annan wants to be heard again about a central theme of the US election.
"I cannot say the world is safer when you consider the violence around us, when you look around you and see the terrorist attacks around the world and you see what is going on in Iraq," Annan told the ITV network.

Annan also wants you to know that Iraq is ready for elections in January, and he's ready to condemn it:
"If that sort of judgment or any decision which is made which we think detracts from the credibility and viability of the elections, we will be duty bound to say so," he said.

And in what should have led the story, the Secretary-General said that Iraq's bribes to France, China, and Russia are irrelevant to their policies, because they're not like some UN member-states he could mention:
"I don't think the Russian or the French or the Chinese government would allow itself to be bought..." Annan said.
"I think it's inconceivable. These are very serious and important governments. You are not dealing with banana republics."

It's been reported that Annan is seeking another term as Secretary-General. I think he can write off votes of banana-exporting countries. Or, narrow it down by naming those corruptible two-bit states he's referring to...

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