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Monday, October 24, 2005

Kofi busted by Microsoft Word

U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan has built up a pretty shameful record during his career in the world body - oversaw "peacekeepers" during Rwandan genocide, was closely tied to the corrupt men (including his son) running the Iraq Oil for Food boondoggle, has done little or nothing to stop sex trade operations by "peacekeepers" in the Congo, has encouraged the squalid hopelessness of Palestinian refugees, and so much more - but his latest move should be seen as an insult to every defender of freedom and justice.

Annan, worried about "destabilizing" the murderous dictatorship of Syria's Bashar Assad, apparently did some creative editing to the report on the U.N. investigation into the death of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, who was killed by a massive car bomb in February. According to the Times of London, the report named several top officials in the Syrian government as ordering the assassination plan, including Assad's brother. Shortly after the report was given to Annan (we learn thanks to Microsoft Word's revision history feature), changes were made to remove those names and replace them with euphemisms like "senior Syrian official."

Annan's meddling to assist a criminal regime would be bad enough, but he had specifically said the report would be released to Security Council members without changes - he said he wouldn't change a word.

Kofi lied.

When will world leaders recognize this man, corrupt and cozy various authoritarian and anti-democratic forces, is destroying what little goodwill the United Nations has remaining?

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