Thursday, January 24, 2008

UN's Ban Ki-Moon Says Troops-Out Stance "Almost More Dismaying" Than Taliban

To my knowledge, this is unprecedented.

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, in an essay about Afghanistan written specially for the Toronto Globe and Mail, has quite properly called the bring-the-troops-home position as "almost more dismaying" than the opportunism of the fascist thugs preying upon on the people of Afghanistan. The troops-out position is a "misjudgment of historic proportions," he writes.

Mark Collins noticed it first. It follows from this.

It's not the first time the UN Secretary-General has appealled to NATO-ISAF countries to maintain their combat-troop levels in Afghanistan to ensure the country doesn't revert to “a host for terrorist and extremist groups.” But this latest appeal was far more frank, candid, plain-spoken and stern than anything he's said to date, that I'm aware of.

After the Secretary-General's blistering rebuke, is it really possible to continue to take anyone seriously who says things like "It's time to move NATO troops out, and UN peacekeepers in"? (Mark C. was also early in noticing the peculiarity of that).

How many more UN resolutions on the subject do we need?

Are we really going to be such suckers as to allow ourselves to be convinced that we should just ignore everything that's really going on here and instead engage in ridiculous word-search exercises to determine how many sentences of the Independent Panel Report John Manley "plagiarized from himself" in his own earlier writings?

How many days will it be before videos start showing up on Youtube with grim music and grainy pictures of Manley and his fellow panelists and images of the pyramid on the U.S. $1 bill and a blackened hole in the side of the Pentagon, closing with a Star of David superimposed upon the UN flag?

Meanwhile, this is very encouraging. Like I said here: There's still hope.

UPDATE: What Ian King said.


Blogger Blazing Cat Fur said...

Thanks for bringing this to our attention Gatekeeper. Very encouraging all round.

By the way will you be doing a piece on the Borovoy Talk?

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Blogger Mark, Ottawa said...

Actually, Bruce Rolston at "Flit" spotted the SecGen's article first.


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Thanks Mark.

Blazer: Borovoy mentioned approvingly in my latest.

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