Tell me what’s wrong with this picture? Come on now. Lean in. Heads up. Brains a-perking. Get ready, set, go.
UN Secretary General Kofi Annan talks with whom? Guess again. You got it.
He’s yapping to none other than the Qatar-based AL-JAZEERA satellite TV in
. . .guess what? An interview. Arnett replay. God help us!
Anyhow, get ready, set, go. What’s wrong with this picture?
"If you are asking me whether I see any immediate possibility of a cease-fire,
I do not see that," Annan states on Tuesday, April 2, according to Reuters.
"I wish we could say that there is such a possibility for an immediate halt
and that a call by the Security Council could lead to that, but I don't see
the matter that way."
Ah-hem. How’d the UN Security Council wedge into this?
"I have always said that war is a human catastrophe and everyone will emerge a loser. I am pained by all that has happened."
". . .everyone will emerge a loser." You heard it from the esteemed leader
mouthpiece of the United Nations! ". . .everyone will emerge a loser."
"As soon as the circumstances change, the United Nations will return and
work with the Iraqi authorities and people who are responsible for their
Ah-hem. Powell, did you hear them cookies? Rumsfeld? United States President
George W. Bush? Did you hear that? ". . .the United Nations will return and
work with the Iraqi authorities. . ."
Not on your banana, Annan. Not on your banana. Not.
You, Annan, put nothing but calculated mayhem into this "Iraqi Freedom,"
so you get nothing but nothing out of a win war. Got it? Got it. In other
words, arrange your paperclips atop your UN desktop for that’s exactly what
you did to contribute to the ". . .everyone. . .a loser."
Mr. Annan, listen up:
The Iraqi captive citizens who have known for twenty plus years utter brutality will emerge winners.
The fathers who have had to blow themselves up suicide-like in order to keep
their children from being shot in the head will at least emerge their children
The women who have been unjustly accused as prostitutes so as to have their
heads severed from their shoulders will at least emerge having their households
henceforth never living with such abuse against females.
The whole nation viced in by unbelievable fear 24 / 7 will emerge breathing
free air, speaking their own minds, publishing their own free press and going
about their village chores with no fear of secret police swabbing up history’s
floor with their disappearing bodies. In other words, a whole nation of winners.
The entire world will emerge winners in that the despots of this planet
will be forced to recognize that United States President George W. Bush and
Team have given fair warning that such dictatorial madness will not be tolerated.
Democracy is the high road. Even at this hour Turkey is establishing its
own fresh democracy under new political leadership. Winners.
The United States populace who stood by a principled President will emerge
shouting victory, tears of joy streaming down their cheeks, applauding the
heavens above for daily strength and wisdom in dealing with not only Hussein
but France and Russia and Germany and a listless, cowardly United Nations
— led by blind Annan. Patriotic Americans: Winners.
The coalition families who will have lost their precious children in this
war will emerge knowing that they have seen their sons and daughters offer
the supreme sacrifice — laying down their lives for their Iraqi friends.
It is extremely sad, Mr. Annan, that you are so terribly blind. Further,
that in your limp "leadership" you have led astray other blind. Moreover,
you have encouraged those within our own borders — Hillary, Daschle, and
Company — to lose sight of democracy’s high road mission — freedom!
Even this Tuesday, you have so dug out your eyes that you cannot begin to
see the glimpses of sunlight overhead. Wish to God believing patriots could
save you from your plight; but to each his own, Annan. To each his own.
Grant Swank, Jr., is the Pastor of New Hope Church in
Windham, ME. He is a a graduate of an accredited
college (BA) and seminary (M Div) with graduate work at
Harvard Divinity School. Pastor Swank has been married
for 41 years and he has 3 adult children. He is
the author of 5 books and over 2000 articles in various
Protestant and Catholic magazines, journals and newspapers.
He writes a weekly religion column for PORTLAND PRESS HERALD
newspaper, Portland ME. His columns have appeared on IntellectualConservative.com,
VIOdaily.com, AmericanDaily.com, MensNewsDaily.com, BushCountry.org, Chalcedon.com,
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