June 8, 2012

Coddling Dictators Is Kofi Annan's Bad Habit

Chibli Mallat, Daily Star

AP Photo

The recent massacres in Qubair and Houla should clarify the obvious about Kofi Annan and his plan for Syria. Not only has the United Nations-Arab League envoy failed in his mission, which should persuade him to exit the stage, the three-month delay occasioned by his project has destroyed much of what Syria’s peaceful revolution managed to achieve. More fundamentally, this outcome only underlines the need for the U.N. to stop seeking out compromises with dictators.

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TAGGED: Africa, Kenya, Mwai Kibaki, Cyprus, Saddam Hussein, Iraq, Rwanda, Houla, Qubair, Bashar al-Assad, Syria, Kofi Annan


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