Memo Suggests Oil-For-Food Link to Annan (Hat-tip: Roger L. Simon)
The committee probing the U.N. oil-for-food program announced Tuesday it will again investigate Secretary-General Kofi Annan after an e-mail suggested he may have known more than he claimed about a multimillion-dollar U.N. contract awarded to the company that employed his son.
The e-mail describes a brief encounter in which officials from the Swiss company Cotecna Inspections S.A. discussed its bid for the contract during a summit in Paris in late 1998. Through his spokesman, Annan said he had no recollection of such a meeting.
Anyone else find it suspicious that Annan would have “no recollection of such a meeting.” Personally, I hope this sends another wave of calls for Kofi Annan to step down. The United Nations needs a new leader. They need a fresh start. If they want to have any meaningful role in helping the world towards a more peaceful, democratic place, they are going to have to fix their problems within. How can we trust Kofi Annan to keep the world’s most dangerous regimes from crimes when, at best, he cannot keep his own organization in check, at worst, a criminal himself. Some might say that this is hyperbole, but we are talking about crime that allowed Saddam Hussein to pocket the oil-for-food money and starve his people.
Kofi: Step down.
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