Kofi: "Iraq an Illegal War"

Im an internationalist, Kerry told The Crimson in 1970. Id like to see our troops dispersed through the world only at the directive of the United Nations. thecrimson.net

Kerry follows an old script. Go to war, then oppose the war. I’d also guess from recent statements that Kerry has Kofi Annan’s vote.

Kofi Annan has definite opinions on whether the war in Iraq was legal, but very little to say about the corruption he, his son, and UN officials engaged in with the Oil-for-food program. Which makes me wonder even more about how much the UN profited from the virtual enslavement of Iraqis under Saddam and the UN sanctions.

The U.N. chief told British Broadcasting Corp. radio on Wednesday that the U.S.-led invasion did not conform to the United Nations Charter, which lets nations take military action with explicit Security Council approval.

"From our point of view and from the Charter point of view, it was illegal," Annan said. He also raised concerns that persistent violence in Iraq puts in doubt the national elections scheduled for January.

..."I hope we do not see another Iraq-type operation for a long time - without U.N. approval and much broader support from the international community," Annan told the BBC.

Kerry and Kofi agree, the UN should have a veto on our foreign policy. They both think we must consult and get the approval of the United Nations or our actions are illegal. Kofi Annan is echoing Kerry's most recent change of opinion on the Iraq war, that it was the 'wrong war, at the wrong place, at the wrong time', after saying that he would vote for it today even knowing what he knew now.

Unfortunately we now know that we cannot trust the UN to be responsible with the massive funds involved in programs like the Oil-for-Food program. It's just too much temptation for an organization with no real democratic representation or accountability. How can we trust them to make the right decision when they have been caught with their hands in the cookie jar? Which begs the question of why Kerry is such a fan of the UN.

"If I'm president, I will not only personally go to the UN, I will go to other capitals. . . . I will immediately reach out to other nations in a very different way from this administration. Within weeks of being inaugurated, I will return to the UN and I will literally, formally rejoin the community of nations and turn over a proud new chapter in America's relationship with the world." townhall.com

Kerry's plan for Iraq is the UN. The problem in his mind is that the US is illegitimate and the UN is the only organization capable of bringing peace to Iraq. Seems like a funny position for someone seeking the highest office in the land.

Posted by Eric Simonson at September 17, 2004 2:02 PM