Friday, June 23, 2006

The UN: "Very, very, very, very " serious

This line from Kofi Annan reminds me of Team America, where Hans Blix threatens to write Kim Jong Il a "very, very serious letter":

The United States, Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany have offered Iran incentivAes, including access to advanced civilian nuclear technology, but say Tehran must first suspend enrichment before any discussions can start. “They are considering the package very, very seriously,” Annan told a news conference in Geneva after a nearly hour-long meeting with Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki.
Other instances of the UN being very, very stern and serious are here, courtesy of the real Hans Blix:
And if the North Koreans move on, well the risks are very, very great. If the North Koreans were to test a weapon, yes, it would be very, very serious.
And when interviewed by the ABC's Four Corners:
Well I think it's a very considerable danger, if they move on I think that they might create incentives for the countries in the region, I think then in particular of course of South Korea and Japan, maybe Taiwan as well, and this is an explosive thing so the working on North Korea to do away with this in my view has very very high priority and I think that the first line of action should be on the field of political and security policies.

Over WMD intelligence:
But he questioned their ability to spot "fakes", such as a report Iraq had imported tonnes of raw uranium.
"Is it not disturbing that the intelligence agencies that should have all the technical means at their disposal did not discover that this was falsified?" he said. "I think that's very, very disturbing. Who falsifies this?"
Kofi Annan, discussing Iranian nuclear technology:
KOFI ANNAN: Yes. I think that -- let me say that the Iranians, in my judgment, hyped up their achievement quite considerably, because what they have achieved is the very, very beginning.
Ok, so I'm starting to see a pattern emerging here. The UN, for all its largesse and splendour, can do nothing more than issue statements. In order to give itself an authority and appearance greater than what it actually performs, they hype up the importance of their statements and use the words "very, very" and "seriously" far too often. Meanwhile, the rogue states are giving it the finger, and all the UN spokesliars can do is be very very concerned.