Friday, April 15, 2005

Annan Lashes Out at UK & US

Kofi Annan's bridge-burning outburst against the UK and the USA governments today, alleging they turned a blind eye to the smuggling of oil from Iraq during the Oil for Food programme, has been denied already by the UK.

Annan's claims are unlikely to be without all foundation: corruption appears to have been endemic to the whole programme.

Even so, Annan's manner betrays a siege mentality - one which is understandable, yet won't win him new friends. In fact, it is difficult to see what advantage he thinks he might gain from today's attack, other than the satisfaction of lashing back at his perceived tormentors.

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