"Kofi lied, and people died."

There’s a strange story brewing about lies at the UN.

At first I wanted to believe that the UN had the answer to the worlds problems. They were right about not invading Iraq, right? We couldn’t possibly do anything successfully without them.

If only the UN were involved in Iraq like it was in Rwanda…

Earlier this week, Annan spokesman Fred Eckhard said there was no such black box and dismissed claims made in a French investigation that the United Nations was guilty of obstruction of justice for failing to inspect it. Later, Eckhard acknowledged the black box had been found.

Black box. What black box?

The allegations about the black box first appeared in the French newspaper Le Monde. According to the paper, a secret French investigation believes the chief suspect in the plane's downing is current Rwandan President Paul Kagame, a Tutsi who was the leader of a rebel movement at the time. Kagame has denied the allegation.

Genocide? What genocide?

Eckhard would not comment on the specifics of Beissel's remarks late Friday.

"This is the kind of stuff that will come out as the investigation goes forward," Eckhard said. "I would say let's let the inspectors do their work.

Inspectors? Where have I heard that phrase before?

The international community's failure to stop the genocide is a source of embarrassment and pain for Annan, who was head of U.N. peacekeeping at the time. Those killed were mainly minority Tutsis and politically moderate members of the Hutu majority.

We were really busy...

Denis Beissel, who retired from the United Nations last year, told The Associated Press he had received the black box and believed it was important, but there were so many peacekeeping missions at the time that it was forgotten. He said that during that period, he once got 1,000 pieces of mail in a single day.

Not my fault, really...

"My recollection is that we thought that somebody ought to be interested," Beissel said. "The air safety professionals that were working with us thought that some state ought to help us with that, but nobody came forward." -Kansas City Star

Boy, I really wish our President would get the UN involved in administering Iraq for us...

...So we could make America more secure.

Posted by Eric Simonson at March 13, 2004 2:34 AM