Wednesday, January 03, 2007

There might be hope yet for the UN

Well at least the new secretary general seems to be a little more with it than Kofi. So much so, that he has already received criticism on his first day:

At the United Nations' Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon ran into trouble on his first day of work when he failed to state the U.N.'s official stance opposing capital punishment and said it should be a decision of individual countries.

"Saddam Hussein was responsible for committing heinous crimes and unspeakable atrocities against Iraqi people and we should never forget victims of his crime," Ban said in response to a reporter's question about Saddam's execution Saturday for crimes against humanity. "The issue of capital punishment is for each and every member state to decide."

His ambiguous answer put a question mark over the U.N.'s stance on the death penalty, although Ban's spokeswoman said there was no change in policy.

Although I am against the death penalty, and feel that Saddam should have just sat in a cage in a public square in Bagdhad for the rest of his life, I am sick and tired of the UN just criticizing actions that countries take, while rarely taking any actions themselves.

Plus Kofi was so getting on my nerves...I think the final "respect losing" straw for me was the whole food for oil fiasco with his son...and how Kofi didn't do anything about it. You raise a crook, but don't take any responsibility to clean up his actions...nice.

Well, happy new year to all and let's hope that Ban Ki-moon receives more criticism from the media for not toeing the UN line!


Blogger Lara said...

It will be interesting to see what effect this has...

Been thinking about you--hope you had a lovely New Year's!

Back to the grindstone tomorrow, but the break was fabulous! :)

5:18 AM  
Blogger Teresa said...

Happy New Year to you!

I'm in wait and see on the new UN guy. Kofi is so crooked he can hide behind a spiral staircase... I think many of the UN members are like that. So far Ki-moon has deviated from the party line - now it's time to see what the fall out will be and if he can withstand it.

At least there will be bloggers on the case and we'll get to find out exactly what he's doing and how well he's doing it.

4:37 PM  
Blogger Household6 said...

I was overjoyed that Kofi was going. He and his constant looking down his nose of countries choices drove me nuts. I'm glad he's not part of the UN anymore.

Happy New Year! I hope the West coast is treating you well. :-)

8:20 PM  
Blogger KC said...

You're back you're back you're back you're back!

Made my night. :-D

2:17 AM  

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