Claudia Rosett, in today’s WSJ, on how the UN is like The Sopranos
A final word. Watch out for the household staff. They’re in something of a flutter right now, trying to keep track of who’s investigating whom about what. You may see former Oil for Food chief Benon Sevan wandering the halls, still wondering why he’s had so little praise lately for running an Iraq relief program from which no more than $10 billion or so was embezzled by Saddam–or maybe $40 billion, tops. And remember to whisper when in the library, where Mr. Annan’s scribes are even now busy crafting the next round of tributes to the U.N. family, though freedom does not figure large in the household lexicon. More typical was Mr. Annan’s call on Monday, for “all Iraqis to come together in a spirit of national unity and reconciliation, through a process of open dialogue and consensus-building, to lay down secure foundations for the new Iraq”–a process Mr. Annan somehow manages to imply was already under way under Saddam, until, to the U.N.’s great annoyance, it was interrupted for 15 months by the U.S.-led coalition.
I’m glad Ms Rosett continues writing on this story.