"Its end will not begin until Kofi Annan, even if personally innocent, resigns - having through initial ineptitude and final obstructionism brought
dishonor on the Secretariat of the United Nations," wrote Safire.
At the same time, the Journal's editorial page, which, like Safire, has been playing up the oil-for-food scandal for months, ran a column by
right-wing blogger Glenn Harlan Reynolds, publisher of InstaPundit.com, calling for Annan's replacement with the former president of the Czech
Republic, Vaclav Havel.
Conveniently, Havel now serves as co-chairman of the international wing of the new Committee on the Present Danger (CPD), a neo-
conservative-dominated group that believes President George W Bush's "war on terrorism" is the equivalent of "World War IV".
"The UN is losing what shreds of moral legitimacy remain, even among those who were once sympathetic, as the extent of its corruption becomes too
obvious to ignore," wrote Reynolds, noting growing discussion about replacing or supplementing the world body with a "community of democracies ...
that would draw its support from legitimate governments, not thugs and kleptocrats".
The two columns appear to be the latest in a campaign to discredit the United Nations that has been building steadily in neo- conservative and
far-right circles here since the United States and Britain invaded Iraq in March 2003 without the Security Council's blessing.
Indeed, on the day of the invasion, Richard Perle, a leading neo- conservative and former chairman of the Pentagon Defense Policy Board (DPB), wrote a
column in London's The Guardian that celebrated the death of "the fantasy of the UN as the foundation of a new world order".
After the WMD lies, after the mushroom clouds, after the french-bashing campaign, after the attempt to discredit iraqi resistance as 'foreign
fighters' , here is the latest (unsuccesfull) effort by neocon zealots : demonize the UN, and replace Kofi Annan with corrupt CIA operatives.
[edit on 30-11-2004 by Mokuhadzushi]