Scandal-ridden United Nations needs new leader

12/13/2004
The question is not whether Kofi Annan should resign as secretary general of the United Nations. The question is why he hasn't done so already.The world—inclined to warfare, plagued by poverty, and littered with dysfunctional nations—needs the UN. But it needs the UN to work, which it can't with Annan as its leader.Scandal grows over the UN's Oil-for-Food Program in Iraq. The US Government Accountability Office initially estimated the amount of program funds diverted to illicit use at $10 billion. More recently, a US Senate committee put the figure at $21 billion.Sen. Norm Coleman (R-Minn.), chairman of the committee, has called for Annan's resignation. It shou...
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