December 19, 2003


Via Spartacus, the full text of Iraqi Foreign Minister H.E. Mr. Hoshyar Zebari's speech last Tuesday to the UN Security Council:

One year ago, this Security Council was divided between those who wanted to appease Saddam Hussein and those who wanted to hold him accountable. The United Nations as an organization failed to help rescue the Iraqi people from a murderous tyranny that lasted over 35 years and today we are unearthing thousands of victims in horrifying testament to that failure. The United Nations must not fail the Iraqi people again. After eight months of liberation, Iraqis are slowly beginning to get back on their feet with the help of their allied friends, and they are eagerly awaiting the help of the international community, led by the United Nations. And so we ask you today: please put aside your differences, pull together and work with us and all those who have contributed and sacrificed so much, to realize our shared objectives of a sovereign, united and democratic Iraq.

Jay Nordlinger writes that Zebari’s speech was a stirring example of speaking truth to power:

We should be awed and stimulated by Hoshyar Zebari. His clear words of truth cut through the fog of the U.N. — whose specialty is fog and moral fudging — like an angry, just sun.

But the New York Times, which covered Zebari’s damning remarks a couple of days ago, has since decided to downplay them:

The interim foreign minister of Iraq, Hoshyar Zebari, told the Security Council on Tuesday that the United Nations could not render effective aid from outside the country. He asserted that Iraq could provide protection for returning United Nations workers, but he offered no details of how, and the claim made little impression on Security Council thinking.

Stupid newspaper. And here’s the BBC’s latest UN-friendly wimpishness:

Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari told the session that Saddam Hussein had to be made to answer to the Iraqi people, so that they could begin what he called the long-overdue process of reconciliation.

Mr Zebari said he wanted to see an expanded role for the UN in Iraq that could not be delivered from outside the country.

"The United Nations must not fail the Iraqi people again," he warned.

Posted by Tim Blair at December 19, 2003 12:50 PM

attention: u.n., e.u., m.e., r.c.c., a.i., b.b.c., c.n.n., c.a.i.r., a.n.s.w.e.r., human shields, and u.s. democrats

Posted by: charlotte at December 19, 2003 at 01:36 PM

The Michael Crichton speech you link to in a thread from yesterday (What a great speech) mentioned something that I'm surprised no one else has mentioned yet.

Crichton says, "When distinguished institutions like the New York Times can no longer differentiate between factual content and editorial opinion, but rather mix both freely on their front page, then who will hold anyone to a higher standard? "

Smart man that Crichton, thats why I listem to him and not the New York Times.

Posted by: Gilly at December 19, 2003 at 01:58 PM

Anyone else having trouble getting to Mark Steyn's website? Maybe another denial of service attack?

Posted by: Rob at December 19, 2003 at 06:03 PM

Rob- I can't go to Steyn's site either, this is the price he must pay for crossing the bike path left.

Posted by: Ross at December 19, 2003 at 07:01 PM

The United Nations must not fail the Iraqi people again," he warned.

Then don't give them another chance, as my esteemed Senator might say, to fuck it up.

Posted by: Roger Bournival at December 19, 2003 at 10:41 PM

Even more revolting - check how the UN has spun it:

"Iraqi Foreign Minister says UN should play key role in reconstruction"

What f-ing creeps.

Posted by: peter at December 20, 2003 at 12:26 AM