Friday, November 05, 2004

Don't Call Us, We'll Call You

Iraqi and American forces are moving into place to assault Fallujah.

This time the Iraqi authorities have approved the assault in advance, having already exhausted their patience with the insurgents.

Kofi Annan hasn't though:
However, U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan warned that the election could be undermined by a new campaign against Fallujah because of a possible backlash from the Sunni Muslim community.

In a letter dated Oct. 31, Annan told American, British and Iraqi leaders that the United Nations wants to help prepare for the elections but fears a rise in violence could disrupt the process.

''I have in mind not only the risk of increased insurgent violence, but also reports of major military offensives being planned by the multinational force in key localities such as Fallujah,'' Annan wrote in the letter, obtained by The Associated Press.

Wasn't this the guy who said he didn't think elections could be held because of insurgent violence and the presence of insurgent enclaves?

You know, I think American conservatives are wrong about the UN? I think our Cold War experience has skewed our perspective. Certainly, when a Leonid Brehznev or Deng Xiaoping stood up and spewed nonsense, we were right to suspect that they didn't believe it either, that their own bloody ambition was preparing a snare to destroy us.

But when Boutros-Boutros Ghali or Kofi Annan spews nonsense--You know the guys who are killing anybody who works for the interim government? Maybe driving them into the desert to cower in holes will undermine your election?--I think we're wrong to suspect them.

I begin to believe they really are that clueless.
Thankfully, Lincoln was right. 51% of Americans can't be fooled all of the time.

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