December 15, 2006

Dec. 15, 2006: Kofi Annan's Legacy

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Kofi Annan's legacy

How does one delicately say it? CYA?

The real legacy? Saving the UN ... but note the published details ... not readily available through Canada's mainstream media, as far as I can see ... though they prattle on endlessly about the UN, Stephen Lewis' words, Africa, business, and AIDS ... victims. The reasons behind the UN's part in creating genocide victims await the MSM's journalistic exploration. For those who don't wish to wait, read on.

An illustrious career -- Canadian peacekeeper ordered not to intervene in 1994 when bloodbath appeared imminent -- "in the interest of the organization", May 4, 1998, Twin Cities Pioneer Press / AP via newsbeat1

Kofi Annan knew about the Rwandan government's plans to exterminate minority Tutsis and his office ordered U.N. peacekeepers not to intervene, the New Yorker magazine reported today.
While the world body has admitted that mistakes were made, U.N. officials have blocked attempts to determine who was directly involved in the decision not to act.
A copy of a fax from U.N. Headquarters, obtained by the New Yorker, showed that order not to intervene was from Annan
[....] killed 500,000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus.
French, Belgian and U.S. officials have denied they had any warning of a government-orchestrated massacre.
[....] Annan was the head of U.N. peacekeeping operations on Jan. 11, 1994, when the commander of U.N. forces in Rwanda, Maj. Gen. Romeo Dallaire, warned the world body that the Kigali government was planning to slaughter Tutsis and said he was making plans to confiscate weapons.
Dallaire, a Canadian, was in charge of 450 U.N. peacekeepers in the Rwandan capital.
In the fax sent to U.N. Headquarters ... ordered to register all Tutsis ... ``their extermination.''
Annan's office ordered Dallaire to neither protect the informant nor confiscate the arms.
Annan was aware of the order, said his aide, Iqbal Riza, who signed the response.

``I was responsible,'' Riza, who is still Annan's deputy, told the New Yorker when shown a copy of the order. ``This is not to say that Mr. Annan was oblivious of what was going on. No. Part of my responsibility was to keep him informed.''
Annan has blocked probes to determine who saw the fax that ordered the Canadian commander to abandon his plan to intervene.
In a letter to the Belgian government last year, Annan refused to let Dallaire testify before a Belgian panel investigating the events in Rwanda because he did not believe it was ``in the interest of the organization.''


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