13 March 2004



In what Secretary-General Kofi Annan called a “first-class foul-up,” the United Nations said Thursday it has discovered a black box sent from Rwanda after a 1994 plane crash [killing the Presidents of Rwanda and Burundi] that unleashed a genocide in the east African nation.

The device was found Wednesday in a locked filing cabinet in the U.N. Peacekeeping Department’s Air Safety Unit. Aviation experts put it there apparently in the belief its “pristine condition” ruled out the possibility that it came from the downed Falcon 50 jet, U.N. spokesman Fred Eckhard said.

Any corporation that had this kind of history of failure would have long since gone bankrupt, been acquired and re-organized or sued out of existence long ago. But because it’s the UN, it simply continues to be a moral loadstone for millions of “intellectuals”. Maybe the Enron executives should have used a UN based excuse - if the UN is good and it does this, it must be OK.

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