I don’t think the writer meant to destroy the credibility of the UN with this piece but that they did. The United Nations has now decided that since the security situation is so much better in Iraq, it is time for them to come back and play The Little Red Hen.
The story, however, removes any air of credibility that the UN might still have.
UNITED NATIONS — Iraq’s prime minister said his government would provide any necessary security for an expanded United Nations presence in his country.
I’m glad the struggling young democracy of Iraq can now protect UN peacekeepers.
As a reminder, the UN left Iraq when -after they refused U.S. military protection- they lost 22 people when a bomb attack destroyed their office. Now that the security situation has improved the UN wants to stick their nose back in. — It might have been nice though if the UN would have stuck around to do some of the the heavy lifting.
This puts the Democrats in an awkward situation. To the Democrats, there is nothing more sacrosanct that the United Nations. If the UN says the surge is working and they want to go back in, how do the Democrats claim the surge is a failure and that we need to pull out?
The surge is working, better than anyone imagined, but that does not mean -by any stretch- this thing is won. Assuming the UN is a team player, I welcome all the hands we can get, but the UN should remember that when Iraq needed them, the UN ran like cowards. For any lumps and warts the U.S. presence in Iraq has had, we’ve been committed to the cause of building a better Iraq and we’ve sacrificed greatly to achieve it.
The UN should give a firm commitment to -not the coalition- but to the Iraqi people that if they lose a few people they will not cut and run again. The UN should also work WITH the United States and the Government of Iraq, not come onto the scene demanding things be done their way.
I’ll be interested to see the behavior of the UN in the Secretary General Ban Ki-moon era. The Kofi Annan era hurt the UN badly. Perhaps there is hope they will live up to their noble mission.
I for one, will have to be convinced.