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Friday, January 07, 2005

The UN Assumes Command

The delay didn’t work.

The UN and Secretary General Kofi Annan have been criticized in some quarters for being a week or more behind the curve.  Before Mr. Annan got around to addressing the disaster publicly, the United States and other nations already had established a tsunami relief process, with most of the transportation and distribution handled by U.S. military personnel, ships, airplanes, and helicopters.

Was the delay because Mr. Annan was working behind the scenes to set up a covert procedure for under-the-table payments from relief funds to French government officials, French banks, and UN insiders?

If so, it didn’t work, as the Washington Times reports.  David R. Sands in U.N. takes charge of effort to help tsunami victims writes:

“But donor nations will continue to control how their money is spent, and the U.N. will only coordinate the relief. The Bush administration emphasizes that the U.N., which has been wracked by accusations of embezzlement of oil-for-food money, will not have access to the cash.”

Thank goodness we’ve wised up a bit.

For a first-hand assessment of the UN’s command presence in the field, see The Diplomad‘s The “Turd” World And The High Priest Vulture Elite.