Mourning Kofi

posted at 11:20 am on July 26, 2006 by Bryan

UN Secretary General Kofi Annan is vexed. Yesterday, Israeli forces destroyed a UN outpost, killing four of its personnel. Annan quickly lashed out at Israel, claiming its forces deliberately targeted the outpost, and therefore murdered the UN peacekeepers inside. That’s a strong charge.

His evidence for the claim, made before any investigation is even possible, is that Israel was warned not to hit the site, and that precision strike bombs were apparently used. But again, there has been no investigation, and it’s not completely clear that it was Israeli forces that struck the site. That seems to be the case at this point, but it’s premature to state definitively that it is so, especially when Hezbollah has so much to gain by maneuvering in such a way to make such a strike happen. And Annan apparently hasn’t taken into account the very thing he rightly accused Hezbollah of doing a day before, namely “cowardly blending in” and around civilian and other sensitive positions to endanger them and bait Israel into striking them.

American Thinker reminds us of another incident involving the top UN echelons and Israel, in which the UN unsurprisingly stymied Israel and played backstop for terrorists. And the Gaza beach strike, which Annan blamed on Israel again without any evidence beyond his own knee-jerk reaction.

I don’t have a solution or pithy comment to add to this, just a note: Annan is playing a moral equivalence game that’s all too typical of the transnational progressive set these days. In this line of thinking, national defense is suspect even when it’s mounted against non-state actors like Hezbollah, a terrorist group that is attempting to seize control of Lebanon even as it mounts what can best be described as a war of extermination against Israel, a sovereign nation recognized by the UN. The UN was founded to keep peace and promote democracy, but by elevating the Hezbollahs of the world onto the same moral plane as its own member states, the UN ends up fostering conflict and war. Under Annan’s corrupt and incompetent watch, the UN has become even more a part of the world’s problems than it already was.

As for the UN site strike, I’ll not go out on a limb and assert that in the end we’ll find out Hezbollah tactics led to the strike in some way, but I do suspect as much.

Update (Allahpundit): Blaming the strike on Hezbollah tactics? Geez, Bryan. What a cynical thing to say.

Update (Allahpundit): So very, very cynical.

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Kudos to WRKO (talk radio) in Boston. During their news flash yeaterday (when I was listening)about the UN deaths, they did mention that Hezbollah does tend to base themselves near UN posts.

Richsamg on July 26, 2006 at 11:48 AM

Dear Kofi,

We weren’t planning to bomb the UN outpost but someone told us you were there. Sorry we missed you. Can you please send us a copy of your travel arrangements?

Thank You


Khyber Pass on July 26, 2006 at 11:52 AM

Kofi Annan: The Israelis blatantly murdered people who were innocent bystanders. They must stop and apologize immediately then pull back and pay reparations to the afflicted party and their families.

Israeli 1: Kofi give a speech on Israel accidently bombing the UN?
Israeli 2: Actually this was from that beach bombardment crap a few weeks ago
Israeli 3: Are you sure he didn’t say this during the Intifada?

Defector01 on July 26, 2006 at 12:02 PM

It’s written that good trees bear good fruit and bad trees bear bad fruit. Kofi Annan has borne no good fruit during his tenure at the UN. He is responsible for the Rwanda massacres, he’s responsible for the deaths of Iraqis during the oil for food program, and he’s responsible for the rapes and molestations of the “peacekeeping” forces deployed around the world. Time to uproot this bad tree and throw him onto the ash heap.

ScottG on July 26, 2006 at 12:26 PM

The U.N. ……An entity like no other. Terrorist appologists, rapists, murderers, slothful ‘peacekeepers’, all wrapped up in a worldwide clusterf*ck of hidden agendas and nepotism. Driven by ideologies based on deceit and greed they infect and infest all life with-in their slimy reach. Yet their holier than thou attitudes are so narcissistic in nature, they can not and will not see the truth.
Kofi must go. Go away, to hell, I dont care… just go. He is as dangerous as ANY terrorist and can possibly do more damage in the long run.

just a few thoughts, have a nice day. :-)

shooter on July 26, 2006 at 12:30 PM

Kofi is just the face of a morally bankrupt institution that has far outlived its usefulness, if it ever had any. I would love to see the US form its own Council of Democracies and not only withdraw from the UN, but evict it from NY, NY, USA.

pistolero on July 26, 2006 at 1:27 PM

It is time for the U.N. to be dismantled. When a body can not see Evil and is more concerned with the “rights” of terrorists, it is time to leave.

dallas94 on July 26, 2006 at 1:38 PM

Kofi doesn’t have the credibility of a used-car dealer. [My apologizes to used-car dealers for this comparison]

Let’s see. The UN observers are working in support of the Hezbollah. Shouldn’t that make them legitimate targets?

docdave on July 26, 2006 at 2:01 PM

Annan’s term is almost up. What will he do? In the grand scheme of things, generally former politicos become “lobbyists”. It could be that Annan’s manufactured outrage is meant to pander to those who will buying his influence after he steps down from the SecGen post. How do I know where he will end up? Simple:if he heads towards the West, he hears noises about procecution for the corruptions he oversaw. But if he heads East, into the arms of Iran and the Muslims, his outrage now helps open that door. Nothing gets you in their club quicker than denouncing Israel. He is probably beholden to them right now. “An honest polititian is one who stays bought.”

Doug on July 26, 2006 at 2:19 PM

Why is kofi Annan not in handcuffs or in a jail awaiting trial for the stealing of over 40 billion dollars of Iraq Oil for Food aid?

Kofi Annan is a criminal and yet he is still in charge of the United Nations.He is allowed to run a ongoing criminal enterprise with impunity.

It just boggles the mind that the UN continues to be supported by the Idiots in Congress. How much longer are we going to be forced to support this unconstitutional institution against the American peoples will?

It is time for the American People demand that the United Nations be disbanded. Rockefeller’s grand plan for a one world Government is a dismal failure.

ScottyDog on July 26, 2006 at 2:34 PM

I’m sorry, but what is the UN doing there again?? Somebody please remind me because I keep forgetting their reason for sitting at the border between Lebanon and Israel. Also, didn’t they videotape a previous abduction by Hezbollah and not mention anything about it to Israel? The UN (Useless Nobodies) makes me sick.

Rick on July 26, 2006 at 2:47 PM

Really,weld the doors shut at Turtle Bay and send all of the members back home to their happy little countries,we’ll even give them a pass on the parking tickets if they just get on the next plane out.

bbz123 on July 26, 2006 at 2:56 PM

Little Green Apples has a photo that shows the un and hezballah flags flying side by side….read the article with it……a picture says a thousand words….

robo on July 26, 2006 at 3:23 PM

That photo on lgf and on Michelle’s sight tells the whole story! Kofi Annan is a dangerous dilettante who likes playing the oh-so-important “man”. He disgusts me and so do those poseurs at the UN!
BTW>>AP..when are you going to post the latest Guillermania smackdown of Kofi? It was classic!

labwrs on July 26, 2006 at 3:50 PM

There is at least one voice of common sense in this mess. Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper has stated that he doubts that the Israelis bombed the UN post deliberately. He says it makes no sense given the cooperation Canada has received in the evacuation of Canadians in Lebanon (including getting Canadians, Americans, Aussies etc out of Tyre). He will get some pressure about saying this but I think Mr. Harper is showing himself to be a rather steadfast friend of Israel.

Mr. Harper also had a good question for the UN: why were the unarmed UN troops still there in an obvious war zone. On that point the BBC website comments that there had been fighting there for 6 hours before the post was bombed. Who were the Israelis shooting at for 6 hours? Nothing? Who knows what happened…were guerrillas taking cover near the post?

I also want to refer you to an interesting link on (a Canadian TV network). A Canadian soldier serving with UNFIL sent a blog about his experiences there. I don’t know if this is the guy who lost his life, but in any event it has some interesting insights. It shows how UNFIL’s function is basically a reporting one (though to who and for what end, who knows?); it also sets out some of the Hezbollah activities observed prior to the current hostilites. It leaves one to wonder what a member of the PPCLI must have thought about being able to do nothing about the things he has been seeing.

Blaise on July 26, 2006 at 4:10 PM

I question the Hezbollah’s timing and cowardly placement of their terrorist groups near the UN outpost.

Kokonut on July 26, 2006 at 5:17 PM

“Useless Nobodies”…hmm…isn’t that a double entrendre?

Kokonut on July 26, 2006 at 5:19 PM

The UN does “lend itself to more than one interpretation”.

Rick on July 26, 2006 at 5:58 PM

I question the Hezbollah’s timing and cowardly placement of their terrorist groups near the UN outpost.

Sure its not the other way around? ;)

But as they say…..Birds of a feather….


GT on July 26, 2006 at 6:29 PM

I would submitt that my idea [posted in another thread here] that these ‘observers’ might be assisting Hezbollah in this ‘dispute’ remains a possibility. With Kofi running the U.N. I believe that bolsters my argument.

Innocents; by whose interpretation?

DannoJyd on July 26, 2006 at 9:12 PM