"War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things: the decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks nothing worth a war, is worse." --John Stuart Mill (1806 - 1873)

Saturday, February 07, 2004

The Eminent United Nations

"One year ago the Security Council was divided between those who wanted to appease Saddam Hussein and those who wanted to hold him accountable. The U.N. as an organization failed to help rescue the Iraqi people from a murderous tyranny that lasted over 35 years, and today we are unearthing thousands of victims in a horrifying testament to that failure," declared Hoshyar Zebari, foreign minister of Iraq, on December 17, 2003.

"It is ironic that Secretary of State Colin Powell is in the [U.N.] building. There has been some damage. Damage that probably will take some time to heal. People are going to be very suspicious when we try to use intelligence to justify certain actions," sniffed Kofi Annan, secretary general of the U.N., on February 6, 2004.