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Saturday, August 16, 2003


Kofi Annan, asked by a reporter why Charles Taylor was allowed to skate off to Nigeria rather than facing an indictment for war crimes (or perhaps being hacked to pieces on the gentle streets of Monrovia) replied:
There is always a need for justice, but there is also a need for peace. ... Both are necessary; which comes first? I think in handling these situations one has to have a keen sense of judgement and of timing ...
and defer justice to sometime down the road. Hopefully.

Both are necessary. But when the two are in conflict - and they almost always are in the real world - what's the reflexive preference (often rationalized after the fact as keen judgement, timing, non-simplisme)?

This simple reflex speaks volumes about the state - and the value - of the UN. And of much of the so-called anti-war left.

If you want justice, choose peace first. Doesn't have the same ring, does it?

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