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Thursday, December 22, 2005

Kooky Uncle Kofi Loses His Cool

LOL. In a rare display of anger, Kofi Annan disliked the questions asked of him by James Bone of the London Times regarding the UN's infamous Oil-For-Food scandal.

U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan lost his diplomatic cool with a reporter on Wednesday, calling him an "overgrown schoolboy" in a show of anger at questions over his part in the Iraq oil-for-food scandal.

The normally unruffled Annan responded calmly at an end-of-year news conference to several questions on the $64 billion program, which he said had sometimes been covered through "deliberate leaks" that were "fed by people with agendas."

Agendas? What was the agenda of Mr. Annan in in the scandal? It seems to me that in the investigation of this scandal, which the illustrious Claudia Rosett has done a phenomenal job covering, that we have seen that there was a whole mix of malfeasance in this program. Saddam Hussein was allowed to skirt the edges of the program, pocket his money, and walk away. Well, to a point. The scandal was the priority number one reason why the UN did not want the US going into Iraq. The paper trail has practically hung the UN.

Journalists, he said, often missed the story, such as oil smuggling outside of the U.N. program, recently documented by a U.N.-established inquiry headed by former U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker.

Missed the story? The MSM might have, but bloggers and the alternative media have been all over this story fromt he start. Billions of dollars have been funneled through this program, and people like Hussein, all three Annans involved in this case, and several high-ranking diplomats have been nailed in this case. Kojo Annan is under the most amount of scrutiny as his father's contacts with Cotecna landed him his job, which allowed them to control the oil being sold, and move the money around.

His frustration showed when a British journalist, James Bone of the London Times, began questioning him about reports that Annan's son, Kojo, imported a Mercedes-Benz car into Ghana using his father's diplomatic status to avoid taxes.

Annan interrupted the reporter when Bone said, "Your own version of events don't really make sense."

"I think you're being very cheeky," Annan said. "Listen James Bone, you've been behaving like an overgrown schoolboy in this room for many, many months and years.

Rowr. Fsst. Fsst. It looks to me like Mr. Bone touched a delicate nerve. Despite my dislike of the MSM, he is a reporter, and was challenging the general secretary on an issue that shows his corrupt ways. Kofi Annan is anything but an angel. This man is corrupt, and with him helming the UN, it has degraded into little more than a dictator and thug club rather than an organization whose mandate was to work to maintain the peace in the world.

"You are an embarrassment to your colleagues and to your profession. Please stop misbehaving and please let's move on to a serious subject," Annan added.

Mr. Bone is an embarrassment? Has Kofi Annan looked in a mirror lately? Does he realize how much people--like bloggers, like the alternative media--know about the UN and it's problems? We have highlighted the OFF scandal, but there is also peacekeeping forces that have forced young girls and women into prostitution, peacekeepers that have engaged in actions of abuse, UN officials that have taken kickbacks from oppressive regimes to keep their mouths shut about such human rights abuses.

The president of the U.N. Correspondents Association said that Bone had a right to ask a question. Annan said he agreed with that "but I think we also have to understand that we have to treat each other with respect."

Did Kofi give Mr. Bone the respect when he called him an embarrassment? How about when he referred to the man as being "cheeky?" Kofi Annan has no respect whatsoever for anyone other than himself or his family. He has zero respect for freedom and liberty; staples within the UN mandate.

The Volcker commission faulted Annan for bad management of the oil-for-food program but cleared him of personal wrongdoing, including influencing a contract that went to a company that employed his son.

Asked again if he bought a Mercedes tax-free for his son, Annan said, "I know you are all obsessed about the car. If you want to know more about it, please direct the questions to his lawyer or to him."

"I am neither his spokesman nor his lawyer," the Secretary-General said of his son.

"The report of Paul Volcker is clear. I am not going to rehash it," he added.

Earlier in the news conference, Annan, whose second five-year term ends in December 2006, had some advice for the man or woman who will succeed him.

"They need a thick skin. They need a sense of humor, and they should laugh a lot inside and outside and at themselves ... and be able to reach out and work effectively with leaders across the world," Annan said.

Here is some better advice for his successor. Be on the straight and narrow, do not get involved or allow scandals to rock your organization, engage in top-to-bottom reform of the organization, and quit standing opposed to freedom. The UN supports regimes like those in Zimbabwe, like in Sudan, and Rwanda, North Korea, Cuba, Venenzuala, and China. I am sure they will look with loving eyes to the new communist dictator in Bolivia. This is where their problem lies.

It was bad enough in the late nineties when KGB agents worked within the UN. Now, it is worse as these sort of thugs are given credence and respect on every level, and yet the United States is disdained for their belief that things like freedom and liberty are relevent in a world that is slowly flying apart. Honestly, it is time that we either push for major reform in the UN, or we remove ourselves from this corrupt organization completely, and send them packing to Brussels, Geneva, or any other place over in Europe. Let the socialists in Europe deal with the socialist thugs in the UN. America is sick of this garbage.

The Bunny ;)


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