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Is the US-led Coalition Illegitimate?
by J. Grant Swank, Jr., Pastor
8 April 2003

Somewhere along the way, Annan left the State of Reality for other fields.

UN Secretary General Kofi Annan lives under an illusion. Somewhere along the way, Annan left the State of Reality for other fields. He considers the win war a bastardization of military conquest. He refers to the entire process as illegitimate.

What's needed? The realistic lexicon for defining freeing peoples from a despot's cruelty. Annan obviously hasn't come upon such a dictionary, hence he writes his own definition for current Middle East events.

Therefore, the coalition, according to Annan Dictionary, has not been birthed by honorable conception. It is illegitimate.

Why? Because the US and allies proceeded to liberate Iraqi captives while the UN was wrangling, quibbling, debunking the allies and setting up all sorts of definitions for defeat and global destruction.

Yet it is the coalition that has defined the win war legitimately. The world witnesses it day and night. That is reality, fact, history in the present-tense. Coalition set out to free an entire nation from a butchery regime maximum -- and it accomplished just that.

Now to the liberators goes the moral reward of overseeing the establishment of a democratic Iraq. That is defining the situation correctly.

Nevertheless, Annan continues as a tape wrapped around its innards. He hasn't changed his message for weeks. It's that the UN should have had initial say about anything related to Iraq. The UN should have governed everything that occurred recently. The UN will have future control over major components regarding Iraq.

If not, the scenario is illegitimate. Bolstering his stance, Annan has named Rafeeuddin Ahmen, Pakistani national and former associate administrator of the UN Development Program, as UN special adviser in Iraq. He'll embody the legitimacy of what occurs in Iraq.

All the while United States President George W. Bush and coalition are daily composing the agenda for a democratic Iraq. Personnel are working from their offices in Kuwait.

"Above all, the U.N. involvement (in Iraq) does bring legitimacy, which is necessary for the country, for the region and for the peoples around the world," Annan proclaimed on Monday, April 7, according to Reuters.

Annan should return to his desk, check out latest daily newscasts and so gear himself toward humanitarian delivery to Iraq. Otherwise, plans are already taken care of -- quite legitimately.

Joseph 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, ConservativeTruth.com, FreeRepublic.com, WoundedShepherds.com, among others.

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