Kofi Annan: don't look to the UN on international security issues

In a USA Today interview, Kofi Annan wants nothing to do with resolving the Iranian nuclear problem. When asked if the Security Council was the proper venue for the issue, he responded:

I think were the Iran nuclear issue to be referred to the Council, the members would have to be keenly aware that any decision they make will set a precedent. Their action or inaction will have a great impact on future cases and on our efforts to promote nulcear nonproliferation.

Translation: If the Security Council addresses the issue, China and Russia will veto any serious action. This will once and for all expose the U.N. as totally impotent in resolving any serious international disputes.

Well, at least Annan finally admits that the U.N. can't fulfill its Charter:


Article 1

The Purposes of the United Nations are:

1. To maintain international peace and security, and to that end: to take effective collective measures for the prevention and removal of threats to the peace, and for the suppression of acts of aggression or other breaches of the peace, and to bring about by peaceful means, and in conformity with the principles of justice and international law, adjustment or settlement of international disputes or situations which might lead to a breach of the peace;

So if Annan finally admits what some of us have known for a long time, that the U.N. is totally incapable of doing what it was created to do, why are we still funding it?

HT: OpinionJournal's Best of the Web.

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