Voice from the Commonwealth Commentary, World Views and Occasional Rants from a small 'l' libertarian in Massachussetts
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It seems to me Kofi is playing a dangerous game of Chicken with Bush over Iraq. He is refusing to send any UN officials to the meeting on the formation of a new government. He claims that since the UN doesn't know its role in post-war Iraq yet he cannot send somebody. He also thinks that sending someone it would lend 'legitimacy' to the Coalition's overthrow of Saddam.
Annan is placing al his eggs in the Security Council (read France and Russia) basket.
"The Security Council is discussing the U.N. role in Iraq," he said. "I'll be meeting with them this week, and I hope we will be able to make progress in the not-too-distant future."
This is dangerous because if France and Russia prove to be as vindictive and obstructive (is that a word?) as they have up until now George Bush will take the ball away from them and get on to the task of making Iraq a better place without them. They have already proven themselves losers in the Council and Annan is placing all his bets on them and not hedging by meeting the US even part of the way on this. If he (and the French and Russians) truly wants all or nothing, he will get nothing, I am willing to bet.
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