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How to Move Iraq Forward (Kofi Annan takes credit for Iraq vote)
Washington Post ^ | 2/12/05 | Kofi Annan

Posted on 02/12/2005 8:27:21 AM PST by jalisco555

The success of the Jan. 30 elections in Iraq has created an exciting moment of opportunity. It matters greatly that Iraq's transition is a success. I am determined to make certain that the United Nations will play its full part in helping the Iraqi people achieve that end.

But it also matters that the international community, which has been angrily divided over Iraq, now recognizes that we all share a common agenda: to move Iraq from the starting point -- its successfully completed elections -- to a peaceful, prosperous and democratic future.

Even the scars left by past differences can be turned into opportunities. Precisely because the United Nations did not agree on some earlier actions in Iraq, it now has much-needed credibility with and access to Iraqi groups that must agree to join in the new political process if peace is to prevail. Now is the time for us to draw on that capital.

I want to capture this moment, and I encourage the international community to come together around Iraq through the United Nations.

No one can fail to have been moved by the Iraqis' display of courage at the polls. The United Nations is proud of the assistance it was able to give them, both in developing the political base for elections and in the technical preparations. We helped to draft the electoral law and to form the Independent Electoral Commission, which ran the elections. A U.N. electoral team of more than 50 staff members in Baghdad, Amman and New York supported the commission. The United Nations trained the commission's members and several hundred other electoral workers, who in turn trained thousands more, and we have advised and supported them throughout the process.

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: annan; corruption; hypocrisy; iraq; iraqielection; progress; un
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To: jalisco555

Koffee is a jerk and a fraud. The sooner he gets a one-way ticket back to whatever village he came from, the better.


21 posted on 02/12/2005 9:32:42 AM PST by Beckwith (I know Churchill, and Ward Churchill is no Churchill . . . he ain't an Indian either . . .)
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To: jalisco555
I want to capture this moment, and I encourage the international community to come together around Iraq through the United Nations.

Why Kofi? Your organization is IRRELEVENT!
22 posted on 02/12/2005 9:41:34 AM PST by VIDADDICT ("A news man is always fully-cocked, Andy." - Les Nessman)
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To: jalisco555
Even the scars left by past differences can be turned into opportunities.

Precisely because the United Nations did not agree on some earlier actions in Iraq, it now has much-needed credibility with and access to Iraqi groups that must agree to join in the new political process if peace is to prevail. Now is the time for us to draw on that capital.

Precisely because the UN’s Oil For Food program was stealing money from sick and poor Iraqi children, the UN should stay out of Iraq.

Remember all the articles claiming 500(?) Iraqi children a day were dying and they were trying to blame the US?

Now that it’s apparent that it was the UN who was stealing or allowing theft through gross negligence, of monies meant for the children we don’t see any articles written about that.

23 posted on 02/12/2005 9:46:59 AM PST by RJL
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To: jalisco555

Par to the course, the US does all the work (including the dying part!) and the UN takes all the credit and has all the answers. Weren't they so afraid to be in Iraq that they pulled their workers out?


24 posted on 02/12/2005 9:56:01 AM PST by ozarkgirl
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To: jalisco555
Precisely because the United Nations did not agree on some earlier actions in Iraq, it now has much-needed credibility....

Orwellian sewage.

25 posted on 02/12/2005 10:19:26 AM PST by JoJo Gunn (More than two lawyers in any Country constitutes a terrorist organization. )
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To: ozarkgirl
The UN hired the "dismantled Iraqi Army" to protect them. As soon as the first boom went off...They ran and said they wouldn't work there because WE couldn't protect them.
26 posted on 02/12/2005 10:21:35 AM PST by Sacajaweau (God Bless Our Troops!!)
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To: jalisco555
...laugh or hurl...

I'm going to hurl!

27 posted on 02/12/2005 10:30:42 AM PST by meema
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To: NonValueAdded
We'll stand for the groups that don't want freedom?

That's how I'm reading it. Kofi feels he's got credibility with the bad guys.

An analogy that's coming to mind would be if the Vichy French had offered their assistance in rebuilding Germany, citing their much-needed credibility with the Nazi remnants.

28 posted on 02/12/2005 10:36:46 AM PST by Yardstick
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To: Sacajaweau
So, in other words although Kofi says " The United Nations is proud of the assistance it was able to give the Iraqis , DUCK AND RUN was their motto.
29 posted on 02/12/2005 11:25:55 AM PST by ozarkgirl
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To: ozarkgirl
Kofi and his UN need to get out of Iraq and New York but the most important thing now is the outcome of these elections. The election 'results' I a have seen thus far are troubling with the US backed candidates trailing. I hope this trend is somehow stopped and our people win.
30 posted on 02/12/2005 11:34:13 AM PST by trumandogz
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To: jalisco555

Oh goodie. Kofi's got capitol he can use in Hell. He sure isn't useful anywhere else.


31 posted on 02/12/2005 11:46:44 AM PST by Soul Seeker
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To: jalisco555

"Even the $car$ left by pa$t difference$ can be turned into OPPORTUNITIE$."

Oooooh! Calling the UN!
Call out the $kimmers and open up the coffer$!


32 posted on 02/12/2005 11:54:21 AM PST by srm913
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To: jalisco555

bump


34 posted on 02/12/2005 12:16:29 PM PST by RippleFire ("It was just a scratch")
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To: jalisco555

From the 3rd paragraph..."Precisely because the United Nations did not agree on some earlier actions in Iraq, it now has much-needed credibility..."

"now has much-needed credibility..."?????
That is totally and unbelievibly laughable. Who in the world is giving them credibility?


35 posted on 02/12/2005 12:29:49 PM PST by Flpoop (play it where it lies)
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To: Bahbah
Precisely because the United Nations did not agree on some earlier actions in Iraq, it now has much-needed credibility with and access to Iraqi groups that must agree to join in the new political process if peace is to prevail.

Would that be like spouse #1 leaving when finances are in the dumps, but when spouse #2 hits the jackpot true love returns and spouse #1 thinks that the only reason the jackpot was hit is because spouse #1 left?

Or perhaps it's the story of The Little Red Hen...

Kofi is so confused.

36 posted on 02/12/2005 12:35:44 PM PST by lysie
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To: lysie

LOL.


37 posted on 02/12/2005 1:04:01 PM PST by Bahbah
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To: lysie

Very good. That's it exactly.


38 posted on 02/12/2005 1:48:01 PM PST by jalisco555 ("The best lack all conviction, while the worst are full of passionate intensity." W. B. Yeats)
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To: Bahbah

Only Al Gore is less relevant than the UN


39 posted on 02/12/2005 2:08:38 PM PST by wny
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To: trumandogz

You can't pick and choose. It is disappointing but these are free people who have chosen their leaders.

It's a shame we put so many lives and so much money for this outcome but still in all, they do get to choose.


40 posted on 02/12/2005 2:51:04 PM PST by ozarkgirl
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