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United Nations Secretary-General Saddened by Iraq War

Posted on Dec 3, 2006
Kofi Annan

As he prepares to leave office after 10 years, U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan spoke to the BBC about his sorrow at not being able to prevent the war in Iraq, and described the violence there as “much worse” than civil war.


Asked by the BBC’s Lyse Doucet whether the situation in Iraq could now be classified as a civil war, Mr Annan pointed to the level of “killing and bitterness” and the way forces in Iraq are now ranged against each other.

“A few years ago, when we had the strife in Lebanon and other places, we called that a civil war. This is much worse.

“We have a very worrisome situation in the broader Middle East,” Mr Annan said, linking the ongoing conflicts in Iraq and Lebanon with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and tensions over Iran.


“If I were an average Iraqi obviously I would make the same comparison, that they had a dictator who was brutal but they had their streets, they could go out, their kids could go to school and come back home without a mother or father worrying, ‘Am I going to see my child again?’


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By Quy Tran, December 4, 2006 at 6:39 pm Link to this comment
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Under Saddam regime only handful people killed. But after King George invasion the whole Iraq are drowned in bloddbath.

Viva King George ! Down with Saddam !

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By John Earl, December 4, 2006 at 1:35 pm Link to this comment
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I guess John Bolton resigned to cheer him up a little!

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By plain sense, December 4, 2006 at 9:20 am Link to this comment
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you should have stopped it and put bush in prison, kofi. don’t underestimate americans’ abitlity to go along with such civilization maintainence.
not all of us white people are as ludicrously hostile as that fake cowboy, you know. never fear such cartoon evil-in doing so you missed a chance to dismantle all the nazi cia shit that has hampered our culture all these years.

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By Quy Tran, December 4, 2006 at 8:57 am Link to this comment
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Too late Mr. Secretary General,

All your guys let King George sit on your head then peeing down. The invasion of Iraq was a big slap at the United Nations face.

We all feel sorry for this international organization because of our immoral, illegal, cruel administration.

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By Broiler, December 4, 2006 at 6:27 am Link to this comment
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Alright clown boy, dozens of ongoing wars during
your tenure and this one makes you sad. You made
your bucks off of the food for oil scam now go
away. Just another jerk worried about his “legacy”.

Does the BBC have nothing better to do?
Screw them for giving this ass clown coverage.

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By Jon, December 4, 2006 at 6:25 am Link to this comment
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The headline of this BBC link says that average iraqis are worse off than under the Saddam…..

You wouldn’t see the same story in US main stream media.

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