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October 30, 2003
UN Bugs Out of Baghdad

The UN ... the organization that supposedly holds all international prestige in dealing with terrorism and liberation ... is bugging out of Baghdad:

International organizations continued their exodus from Iraq, with the United Nations announcing it was withdrawing staff from Baghdad following this week's string of car bombings in the capital and attacks against coalition troops. ... The U.N. decision to pull its remaining international staff out of Baghdad was announced on Wednesday, two days after a deadly suicide car bombing at the Baghdad headquarters of the Red Cross. "We have asked our staff in Baghdad to come out temporarily for consultations with a team from headquarters on the future of our operations, in particular security arrangements that we would need to take to operate in Iraq," U.N. spokeswoman Marie Okabe said. She said it was not an "evacuation" and staff in the north would remain.

Saddam's Fedayeen have scored a major victory in chasing out the UN and the Red Cross from Baghdad, and I'm sure that the news will portray this as a failure on the part of the Coalition, and specifically the US as we're the ones in charge of Baghdad. But what this proves is the folly of entrusting security matters to the UN in the first place. Just as in Rwanda, the UN is worse than useless: they take up space and do nothing to improve the situation, and when any setbacks occur, they either do nothing and watch it happen (Rwanda) or leave entirely. There is no worse message to send to terrorists. A few car bombings and the UN runs squealing. A few more, they are no doubt thinking, and the Americans will be next.

The UN has become a nest of vipers and cowards. Any notion that the US should entrust its national security to an organization that allows Libya to chair its Human Rights committee and Syria to sit on the Counter-Terrorism Committee is suicidal.

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Posted by Ed Morrissey at October 30, 2003 6:46 AM

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