Along the Tracks

Friday, April 04, 2003


You’ve got to chuckle at the U.N. administrator of development, Mark Malloch Brown, telling the coalition under what circumstances his agency will be willing to assist in the rebuilding of Iraq. He wants to be “independent” and in charge, and if the U.S. and its allies don’t agree to give his agency control, then he’ll just sit back, because he thinks the project will be too expensive for the U.S. or the coalition to handle - $100 billion, he estimates.

First, that $100 billion would be over five years or so - expensive, yes, but hardly a staggering figure. Second, who does Mr. Malloch Brown think he works for, anyway? He’ll be doing whatever the Security Council tells him to, or he’ll be out of a cushy job.

The United Nations proved it was not serious about enforcing its resolutions when the Security Council failed to pass an authorization for military action against Iraq. Now its bureaucrats are proving they’re not serious about the only reason they exist: To execute the development assistance approved by the United Nations delegates.

Iraq’s political future is far too important to leave to the U.N. Frankly, I’d rather see the U.S. taxpayer bear the entire burden in creating an Arab democracy than have the U.N., European Union, etc., pick up the tab and recreate the festering hellhole we are presently trying to liberate at the cost of American, British and Iraqi blood.

If you want to see the effects of United Nations control of political and economic development, look at the Palestinian “refugee camps” in the West Bank, Gaza Strip and Jordan. The U.N. has run those for 50 years; search the world and you could hardly find darker corners of hopelessness, anger, delusion and utter destitution. The oppression experienced by the Palestinians is largely the product of U.N. oversight. I wouldn’t wish such a fate on anyone, and certainly not the Iraqi people finally getting a taste of freedom.

If the U.N. can bring in experts to re-establish water, electricity, etc., distribute humanitarian aid until Iraq’s economy is back on line, then I say great, wonderful, come on in. But if these self-aggrandizing technocrats are looking for an opportunity to “control” people, tell them where and how to live, force them to be reliant on their “aid” ad infinitum, then I say Mr. Malloch Brown can keep his rear firmly planted in its cozy office chair.

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