Anyone who has ever read anything I’ve said about the U.N., cannot mistake my extreme contempt for the organization as a whole. This is the organization in which the Human Rights Commission has to be completely scrapped because of its notorious habit of being run by blatant human rights abusers, just to be replaced with another organization (Human Rights Council) with a supposedly more reasonable membership base with one main focus: criticize Israel.
So in other words, don’t get a blogger started.
That being said, I found this passage interesting in the Economist article:
In some areas Mr Annan and the superpower have been of one mind. The UN can claim significant successes in encouraging Nigeria to give up military rule and in deploying a peacekeeping force to East Timor. On Mr Annan’s watch the UN also contributed to peace efforts in Congo, Sierra Leone, Liberia and elsewhere. In 2001 Mr Annan and the organisation picked up a Nobel peace prize.
So other than East Timor, it looks like every success that Mr. Annan can claim comes from Africa. How about that for looking out for your constituents. Now this still doesn’t explain the Human Rights Council’s singular obsession with Israel and the ignoring of Darfur, but it does bring to light the idea that looking out for the “folks back home” goes beyond the U.S. Congress.
Now, maybe, Mr. Ban will solve all of the problems in Sri Lanka, North Korea, China, and Indonesia…