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Mission implausible

I joined the UN as a youthful idealist, but ended up testifying to Congress on the Iraq oil-for-food scandal. For all its good intentions, the UN is broken and unfixable

By Michael Soussan   November 2008

A debate related to this article, between Phillip Bobbitt and David Hannay on the wisdom of supplanting the UN with a “League of Democracies,” can be read here.

I woke up in a cold sweat. I used to think that Hollywood exaggerated such post-nightmare scenes. That was before I started working for the largest, most incoherent and, ultimately, most corrupt humanitarian operation in UN history. Sitting bolt upright in bed, I patted around in the darkness to figure out where I was. My pillow was moist. My clock marked five-something am. It was 28th April 2004.

In my nightmare,…

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