Sunday, March 20, 2005

UN Reform Proposal to be Annouced ...

... according to the LA Times.

Sorry, but I cannot get much excited or hopeful about this reform package -- it's just the next step for same ol', same ol'. The proposals, such as the "zero tolerance" for UN piecegetters UN peacekeepers and "pledges for full compliance with treaties on nuclear non-proliferation", etc., as some initial guidance for reform are public relations ploys.

"Embrac[ing] the "responsibility to protect" as a basis for intervention in cases of genocide and crimes against humanity when a government cannot or will not protect its citizens", like other wording in Annan's Milquetoast-esque checklist of reforms is not one of a Annan as a strong leader for reform; its one of a 'get along to go along' leader who is satisfied with appearances being accomplished while substance sits idly by.

Finally note, this is not Annan's proposal. It is substantially a panel report for which he is just the delivery boy. If Annan can't act as a bulldog for reform, what good is he?

3 Creaks:

Blogger Bill C creaked ...

Piecegetters! Very funny, is that original?

I think Annan's term is up in 2006. He is just keeping the seat warm until Bill Clinton can ride into town and really get reform started. Yeah.

3/21/2005 6:53 AM  
Blogger Dusty creaked ...

Bill, I've never seen that term used before and it's the first time I've used it in print. This seemed a sufficiently restricted case so as not to cast the cynical aspersion across the whole lot.

WRT Clinton, don't wind me up so early in my morning. Save it for the Chicago Improv Network, you instigator you. :)

3/21/2005 9:11 AM  
Blogger Bill C creaked ...

Afraid I can't help it. I am a born instigator.

Congrats, you are the first.

3/21/2005 11:45 AM  

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