Friday, November 19, 2004
In it's over 50 years of existence, the UN has had moments of greatness, such as the Security Council showdown between Adlai Steveson and his Soviet Counterpart during the Cuban Missle Crisis, and moments of pure and utter awfulness, such as the time Arafat showed up and turned the majority of the body into anti-Isreali reactionaries. But the most monumental event in the body's history may be just around the corner the AFP is reporting that Kofi Annan is about to be given a vote of no-confidence by the UN staff union, the first time this has ever been even considered. Now, this doesn't get him booted, and according to inside sources he intends to finish his term, which ends in 2006, but he'll have to do it with a hostile staff, who think, to quote one of them, that "Annan is surrounded by corruption, a gang of criminals responsible for some of the worst things that happened to mankind in the 20th century". Wow. I love it, and yet am saddended that the straw that broke the camel's back on Annan was not the Oil for Food scandal, or his failure to even discuss Genocide when it has occured. No, it was the "whitewashing" of a serious complaint of sexual harrassment against one of his top people that pushed the Employees over the edge. Still, the article states that the group has been unhappy with him for a while, for the whole reason we all don't like him very much, and it shows that perhaps Annan shameful helming of the UN will be tarnished forever, not by US opposition, but because his won staff finds him corrupt and incompetent. I can live with that.