Please Do Not Disturb
By David Peterson at Nov 10, 2004
Question: Within the context of the letter to the United States and Great Britain, does the Secretary-General have any remarks about the violence since the beginning of the invasion? Spokesman: No, I think I already had that question, and... (interrupted). Question: (Inaudible)... from the context of the letter to... (interrupted). Spokesman: No. I have nothing to say today on what's happening in Fallujah....
(For the record: It is fitting that Kofi Annan should have addressed his October 31 letter to George Bush, Tony Blair, and Ayad Allawi. After all, these three gentlemen are the heads of the three states currently engaged in the military occupation of Iraq, and the violent suppression of the resistance this occupation has spawned---the "Interim" Iraqi Government being as much a foreign occupying power within Iraqi national life as the American and the British. And don't kid yourselves otherwise.)With respect to Iraq, here's where the UN News Center's coverage of the American escalation for the past seven days leaves us as of mid-day Wednesday, November 10:
* "Annan says UN will do all it can to help Iraqis advance political process," UN News Center, November 5, 2004 * "Annan and Iraq's UN envoy meet for discussions on Fallujah, elections," UN News Center, November 8, 2004 * "UN refugee agency voices extreme concern for Iraqis fleeing Fallujah assault," UN News Center, November 9, 2004Pretty paltry stuff, I think you'll agree. Better to keep the focus on the safe crises---the ones far from the madding Americans. Situation normal. PLEASE DO NOT DISTURB.
An Appeal from Fallujah to Kofi Anan and the UN, Kassim Abdullsattar al-Jumaily, President, Center for the Study of Human Rights and Democracy, Fallujah "U.N.'s Annan Seeks to Prevent an Assault on Fallouja," Maggie Farley, Los Angeles Times, November 5, 2004 "Annan Defends Letter Warning of Fallouja Risk," Maggie Farley, Los Angeles Times, November 6, 2004 "The crushing of Fallujah will not end the war in Iraq," Patrick Cockburn, The Independent (London), November 9, 2004 "America failing test of history as offensive compared to terror tactics of pariah states,"Charles Glass, The Independent (London), November 9, 2004 "The Fire Is Spreading," Dahr Jamail, Iraq Dispatches, November 9, 2004 Iraq Occupation Watch Like Flies to Wanton Boys, ZNet Blogs, November 6, 2004 False Dawn, ZNet Blogs, November 8, 2004