Friday, April 02, 2004

Kofigate

I find it strange that Le Monde is unenthusiastic towards an investigation into the U.N.'s Oil-for-Food program. The theft of $10.1 billion from humanitarian ends seems worthy of some detective work, even though governments and companies are merely "invited" and not required to cooperate with the proposed investigation. Le Monde portrays pressure upon the UN to launch an investigation as an "ultraconservative," American conspiracy and asks, "Why attack the UN right at the moment when the Coalition is relying upon its support in Iraq after June 30?"

Why does asking that the UN be held accountable for one of its programs constitute "attacking" that organization? On the contrary, if the UN is to assume greater responsibilities upon the world stage, it should be willing to investigate charges of corruption and mishandling. And as for that $10.1 billion, if only a small portion of that money could be recovered, it wouldn't hurt the Iraqis right now.

Contrary to what Le Monde seems to suggest, a permissive attitude towards incompetence at the UN will not make that organization any stronger.

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