I'll be blunt: I believe Kofi Annan is the worst the United Nations Secretary General in my lifetime, and that's no small achievement considering past secretaries general. All the while Annan suffers minimal criticism from the United States and the European. He's so inept, he's dangerous.
Besides the rampant corruption -- the Oil-for-Food Program, for instance -- he's allowed millions of people throughout the world to die at the hands of dictators, terrorists and other assorted thugs while he belly aches about the United States treatment of terrorists.
When he does act, he sends a bunch of so-called peacekeepers who have been known to prey on the very people they're supposed to protect. In one case, blue-helmeted peacekeepers have reportedly raped African children. Many of these peacekeepers make the brutal French Foreign Legion look like boy scouts.
Annan also insulates himself from criticism by pointing his finger at the United States at the drop of a hat. Each time he slams the Bush Administration, he grows in stature with the Democrat Party and even some Republicans who genuflect at the altar of Globalism. Whenever a UN operation is successful -- which isn't often -- it's been the United States that's done the bulk of the work and financing, but receives little credit.
Now Kofi Annan, who I suspect is a closet anti-Semite, is accusing the Israeli military of deliberately targeting UN peacekeepers in Lebanon. These peacekeepers -- or observers, as the UN portrays them -- are seen in a photograph on columnist/blogger Michelle Malkin's website flying their UN flag directly adjacent to Hezbollah's flag, so it isn't much of a stretch to believe that they observed Hezbollah stockpiling weapons and rockets; observed perhaps, but didn't report.
Few Americans were even aware there were 2,000 peacekeepers or "observers" posted on the Israel-Lebanon. In the six years they've been there, what have they been doing?
The disgraceful Kofi Annan's shoot-from-the-hip response to four peacekeepers being killed by an Israeli rocket was so amateurish, the man should be driven out of the UN building in Manhattan at gunpoint and a "persona non grata" order should immediately go into affect. He never mentioned how he came to the conclusion that the peacekeepers were killed deliberately, nor did any of the US reporters ask during his press conference.
When Hezbollah terrorists started launching missiles at Israel without provocation, the United Nations -- which had previously and solemnly promised to protect Israel in just such a circumstance, hence the 2,000 peacekeepers -- said or did NOTHING.
But when Israel took the only action available to them and struck back in self-defense, the United Nations had plenty to say, including throwing together a UN resolution condemning Israel. The resolution was blocked by US Amb. John Bolton.
Meanwhile the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour actually insinuated that Israel -- and by inference those who support Israel (namely George Bush and the United States) -- should be tried for war crimes when she addressed the "personal criminal responsibility of those involved, particularly those in a position of command and control." Arbour has a future in the Democrat Party when she leaves the UN.
The European Union countries love the UN because it's a vehicle for them to flex their muscles and pretend that they are world powers. Sometimes one wonders why a country such as France still holds a permanent seat on the UN Security Council. When I think of a world power, France is one of the last nations that comes to mind. But the EU, on behalf of their pal Kofi, are demanding a full investigation into the killing of those four peacekeepers in Lebanon.
One can only wish that Ambassador John Bolton will push for an investigation into what the hell 2,000 peacekeepers in Lebanon have been doing there since 2000. And perhaps Kofi will explain who was supervising those useless troops who allowed a terrorist group to grow in power while increasing its arsenal.
Jim Kouri, CPP is currently fifth vice-president of the National Association of Chiefs of Police. He's former chief at a New York City housing project in Washington Heights nicknamed "Crack City" by reporters covering the drug war in the 1980s. In addition, he served as director of public safety at a New Jersey university and director of security for a number of organizations. He's also served on the National Drug Task Force and trained police and security officers throughout the country. He writes for many police and crime magazines including Chief of Police, Police Times, The Narc Officer, Campus Law Enforcement Journal, and others. He's appeared as on-air commentator for over 100 TV and radio news and talk shows including Oprah, McLaughlin Report, CNN Headline News, MTV, Fox News, etc. His book Assume The Position is available at Amazon.Com, Booksamillion.com, and can be ordered at local bookstores. Kouri holds a bachelor of science in criminal justice and master of arts in public administration and he's a board certified protection professional.