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Monday, October 24, 2005

You can't handle the truth!

I like the way the NZ online media goes out of its way to avoid any scandal involving St Kofi. Here, regarding the killing of former Lebanese PM Hariri Stuff has this to say about the UN report on the subject
LONDON: A UN report on the killing of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik al-Hariri is "very serious" for Syria and the international community must act, the United States and Britain said on Sunday.

In a joint interview with BBC Television, US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw ratcheted up pressure on Damascus, saying the report implicated senior Syrian figures in the assassination and indicated attempts at a cover-up.

"I am quite sure that when the international community gets together we will decide what to do but it can't be ... just left lying on the table," Rice said.

"This really has to be dealt with.

"There is ... the very strong implication that Syria was involved somehow in the assassination of former prime minister Hariri. So these are very serious charges," Rice said.
The Syrians trying to cover it up, who'd have thought they'd do that in their little Lebanese playground? The Herald goes a bit further, revealing some unspecified shenanigans in the composition of the report
At the United Nations, the report's credibility came into question after a final version of it omitted the names of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's brother and brother-in-law from a key paragraph on who made the decision to kill Hariri.

A security source said on Saturday that Lebanese authorities had arrested a man the report said had telephoned Lebanese President Emile Lahoud minutes before the explosion. The disclosure prompted calls for Lahoud's resignation among anti-Syrian parliamentarians in Beirut.

Lahoud's office denied the president took such a call and indicated he would not be forced from office.

Security forces detained Mahmoud Abdel-Al early on Saturday based on a warrant issued by Lebanon's Prosecutor General Saeed Meerza, the source said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

The report said Abdel-Al "made a call minutes before the blast" to Lahoud's mobile phone.
The final report omitted some names. Not any details as to why, or who made the omissions. Maybe just an accident? Here is what the Times Online says (via Instapundit)
The confidential changes were revealed by an extraordinary computer gaffe because an electronic version distributed by UN officials on Thursday night allowed recipients to track editing changes.

The mistaken release of the unedited report added further support to the published conclusion that Syria was behind Mr Hariri’s assassination in a bomb blast on Valentine’s Day in Beirut. The murder of Mr Hariri touched off an international outcry and hastened Syria’s departure from Lebanon in April after a 29-year pervasive military presence.
So some dumbarse was stupid enough to circulate a release as a Word document which the recipients immediately scanned for unpurged changes. But there is more,
But the furore over the doctoring of the report threatened to overshadow its damaging findings. It raised questions about political interference by Kofi Annan, the UN Secretary- General, who had promised not to make any changes in the report.

One crucial change, apparently made after the report was submitted to the UN chief, removed the name of President al-Assad’s brother, Maher, his brother-in-law, Assef al-Shawkat, and other high-ranking Syrian officials.
The name removal was done after being submitted to Annan. The deleted names are al-Assad's brother and a series of powerful Syrian and Lebanese generals. What does Mr Annan have to say?
Mr Annan had pledged repeatedly through his chief spokesman, Stephane Dujarric, that he would not change a word of the report by Detlev Mehlis, a German prosecutor. But computer tracking showed that the final edit began at about 11.38am on Thursday — a minute after Herr Mehlis began a meeting with Mr Annan to present his report. The names of Maher al-Assad, General Shawkat and the others were apparently removed at 11.55am, after the meeting ended.
But I'm sure the removals were down without the knowledge of Teflon Annan,
At a press conference yesterday Herr Mehlis insisted that Mr Annan had not pressurised him into making changes. “No one outside of the report team influenced these changes and no changes whatsoever were suggested by the Secretary-General,” he said.
There do seem to be a remarkable number of people at the UN who do amazingly dodgy things not at the behest of the Secretary General. In fact they do it so regularly that you have to wonder if anyone at the UN actually listens to instructions from the boss. Poor old Kofi, struggling away to keep peace in the world while his employees ignore him. It's hard to get good help these days.

Besides this covering Kofi's arse every other month, it's nice to see the NZ media giving all the gritty details... maybe it's more a case of "I want the truth! ... You can't handle the truth!"

Posted by Chefen | 10/24/2005 07:22:00 PM

2 Comments:

Blogger Antarctic Lemur said...

Man this guy is scum. Lower than low. Did you catch Roger L. Simon's slow release of very incriminating emails?

10/24/2005 10:55:00 PM  
Blogger Chefen said...

Didn't see those. But yeah, I don't understand the obsession of giving Kofi a free pass on everything. Does the man do anything, or has he responsibility for nothing? More to the point, whay the hell is blogger so slow at the moment? I hope once the UN gets control of the interweb that they will fix all this. Bwa ha ha ha ha.

10/24/2005 11:50:00 PM  

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