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From somewhere in the bowels of he United Nations building in New York City Carina Perelli, the UN's "top elections official", announces that she is about to start screaming:
"The U.S. military have been extremely, I would say, overenthusiastic in trying to help out with this election," she told reporters. "And we have been basically saying that they should try to minimize their participation, because this is an Iraqi process."
Informed by a reporter that U.S. soldiers have distributed voting material in recent weeks, Perelli said: "I'm glad that you reported it, because I'm going to be screaming on the phone in two minutes."
She's responding to reports that Soldiers are distributing material promoting the elections. I wonder exactly who might be on the other end of the line?
The NY Times provides additional quotes:
The United Nations said Wednesday that it had fulfilled its mission of providing expert assistance in setting up Sunday's election in Iraq, adding that it was now up to the Iraqi people to give the vote legitimacy by going to the polls.
"We have done everything in supporting this election we could from a technical point of view, but nothing replaces the will of the people," said Carina Perelli, the director of the electoral assistance division for the United Nations.
Asked for her reaction to criticism of the United Nations for not putting more people in Iraq, Ms. Perelli said that she had reached her desired number of 40 people by including 19 international election experts from Britain, the European Union and electoral assistance organizations.
I'll watch out for them in the DFAC. Hopefully they will manage to refrain from screaming when they see the food. All this is headlined "U.N. Says Mission Accomplished And That Legitimacy Is Now In Hands Of Iraqis".
The parallel to this singularly, effective, swift and muscular story are inescapable.
I'd like to give her something else to scream about!Posted by Lucille at January 27, 2005 09:53 PM
"UN says Mission Accomplished..." Did they really? Think that'll raise a stink similar to the use of that phrase on another famous occasion??
And the harping on 'this is an Iraqi process' and the US military has been 'overenthusiastic' would make one almost think that the UN is looking for failure. Or would rather accept failure than allow the US a hand in the success. But maybe I'm just too cynical ;-).
i wonder if she'd planned to distribute all those ballots from her heavily manned u.n. office in baghdad?Posted by steveObrien at January 28, 2005 12:16 AM
Screaming about US military helping educate Iraqis about voting? If they're trying to influence the outcome, that's one thing, but I haven't seen reports of that... and you KNOW that if troops were electioneering, the media would be ignoring every other story to broadcast that.
Maybe the headline should read "U.N. doesn't want Iraqis to vote"?Posted by malclave at January 28, 2005 01:13 AM
Ms. Perelli obviously forgot that its ok to be stupid but its not a requirement to open ones mouth and remove all doubt! If she had any common sense or active thought processes, she would Thank the very damn people keeping her pitiful contribution(40 people)as safe as possible. But since she feels she has a solution pack the woman's bags and send her over there.Posted by Huntley Perez at January 28, 2005 04:48 PM Hide Comments | Show/Add Comments in Popup Window(5) | (Note: You must refresh main page to view newly posted comments here)