Iraq to UN: You failed us

12.16.03

Iraq to UN: You failed us:

Iraq’s foreign minister accused the United Nations on Tuesday of failing his country by leaving Saddam Hussein in power for decades and appealed to the world body to assume a leading role in Baghdad immediately.

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Zebari said the United Nations had failed to help rescue Iraq from “a murderous tyranny” that lasted more than 35 years and “today we are unearthing thousands of victims in horrifying testament to that failure.”

“The United Nations must not fail the Iraqi people again,” Zebari said.

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Zebari accused the 15-member Security Council of being divided “between those who wanted to appease Saddam Hussein and those who wanted to hold him accountable” and said they should overcome the deep divisions over the U.S. invasion of Iraq.

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Appealing for unity in the council, Zebari said “settling scores with the United States should not be at the cost of helping to bring stability to the Iraqi people.”

Annan said Saddam’s downfall was “an opportunity for a new beginning in the vital task of helping Iraqis to take control of their destiny — of helping them to create a secure, stable and independent Iraq.”

Of course, anti-Americans will dismiss everything Zebari says on the grounds that he’s part of a US-installed government and therefore his opinion shouldn’t count. But then, the anti-Americans have a long history of ignoring the actual thoughts and opinions of people who live in a country, in favour of what they believe is in their best interest. That kind of supremicist “they don’t know what’s good for them, we do” attitude is something I was under the impression was against liberal beliefs… but then, tell that to the guy chanting the anti-Bush slogan and trying to pretend that Iraqis would be better off still under Saddam Hussein’s dictatorship.

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