Jewish World Review Dec. 6, 2004 / 23 Kislev, 5765

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Why is the Bush administration covering for Kofi Annan? | The Associated Press reported today that U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell described Kofi Annan as a "good Secretary-General of the United Nations" leaves me with one question: What the hell does one have to do in that position to be described as bad?

Annan has reigned over a corrupt U.N. regime, lied about his son getting kickbacks from the U.N. Food for Oil Program, and turned a blind eye to his top assistant pocketing millions of dollars in oil vouchers from Saddam Hussein.

At the same time, Annan has been the US soldier's worst enemy — providing aid and comfort to our enemies by calling the US attempt to bring freedom to Iraq as "an illegal war."

This little pronouncement brought great relief and provided cover to terrorists like al Zarqawi, whose killing of innocent Iraqi civilians rarely meets with rebuke from the U.N. Secretary-General.

But why should we be surprised? Annan has a long history of turning a blind eye to murderous regimes so his latest see-no-evil pose is nothing new.

In the 1990s Annan was willfully negligent while millions were slaughtered in Sudan and Rwanda, and recently sat on his hands while our soldiers were trying to free a country terrorized by mass graves, systematic torture, and Stalinist oppression.

Let me take that back. Kofi Annan didn't sit on his hands. He actually worked overtime to hurt the cause of freedom in the most oppressed region on earth.

Meanwhile, as Muslim terrorists continue to kill, rape and torture their fellow countrymen in Sudan, Kofi Annan once again is proving himself to be a useless tool for the forces of oppression.

Dante wrote that the hottest places in hell were reserved for those who remained silent in a time of moral crisis. If that's the case, Kofi Annan is in for a blistering afterlife.

Shame on Colin Powell and the Bush Administration for providing cover to a bureaucrat whose words and deeds have been destructive to the cause of liberty. And thank G-d Minnesota Senator Norm Coleman has the guts to call for Annan's resignation.

Now if only more Washington politicians would have the guts to follow his lead.

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Former Congressman Joe Scarborough (R-Fla.) hosts “Scarborough Country,” 10 p.m. ET, weeknights on MSNBC. He is the author of the recently published "Rome Wasn't Burnt in a Day : The Real Deal on How Politicians, Bureaucrats, and Other Washington Barbarians are Bankrupting America". (Click HERE to purchase. Sales help fund JWR.)Comment by clicking here.

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