Wednesday, October 06, 2004

The UN panel member: Bush is Lord Voldemort 

Harry Potter's nemesis, Lord Voldemort, is widely referred to as "You Know Who" by the magic folk who are generally too afraid to say his name. Gareth Evans, Australia's former Labor Foreign Minister, is not a cowardly sort of fellow, but in his latest incarnation on the panel of an United Nations committee looking at legality of pre-emption, he also can't bring himself to name names:

"A central reason for our appointment was concern that the U.N., and indeed the whole multilateral security system, was really at a crossroads with the resurgence of unilateralism from you know whom, and increasing willingness to bypass the Security Council."
Evans, fondly remembered in Australia as Gareth "Gareth" Evans for his driving ambition to replace Boutros Boutros-Gali as the UN Secretary General, as well as his affair with a leader of a minor party which precipitated her defection to Labor, has recently shared his thoughts on the committee's work at a recent appearance at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington. There was no word from Evans whether this 16-member High-Level Panel on Threats, Challenges and Change will be able to provide John Kerry with the final version of the "global test" in time for the November election.


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