Friday, June 18, 2004

UNready, UNwilling and UNable 

For all the fans of the "only the UN can save Iraq" argument:

"U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan said in New York Thursday there's still too much violence in Iraq to permit staff from the world body to return there."
Which makes it all quite pointless, doesn't it?

Meanwhile, to the west of Mesopotamia:

"Jean Ziegler, the United Nations High Commissioner on Human Rights and Special Rapporteur on the right to food, warned that the US giant manufacturer of bulldozers and heavy machinery, Caterpillar, of being complicit with the Israeli occupying forces (IOF) in violating the human rights of the Palestinian people.

"In a letter to the company, Ziegler expressed 'deep concern' over the company's sales of bulldozers and armored bulldozers to the Israeli forces, which have been used in demolishing homes and other civilian structures.

"Caterpillar's actions in supplying the D-9 and D-10 bulldozers mean they may be complicit in violating the right to food, Ziegler said."
Fair enough, but why pick on just the manufacturers of heavy equipment - don't the arms manufacturers generally have more to do with violating human rights?


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