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We need to “recruit” a generation of Muslims by offering alternatives to education that glorify suicide bombing by glorifying freedom fighters with the basics of true freedom.



Reason for optimism at the U.N.

A recent editorial on U.N. corruption contains a couple of inaccuracies that merits correction (“Banning U.N. corruption,” Monday).

First, the editorial was right to note that Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has taken a personal interest in reforming the United Nations, particularly in regards to malfeasance on the part of staff members and officials serving in the organization. The case of Sanjaya Bahel is a testament to Mr. Ban’s convictions.

However, it should be noted that the announcement of replacements in the top posts at the United Nations came at the urging of a number of countries, especially from the United States, and it had more to do with clearing the board to make way for political appointments. The rationale behind the hiring and firing of the top staff was not simply to end widespread corruption, as the editorial wrongly implies.

Anyone who closely followed the United Nations during the first weeks of Mr. Ban’s entrance into the organization knows that when Mr. Ban chose his officials for these top posts, he was being pressured by the United Nations’ most powerful players, such as the United States, Japan the United Kingdom and France, to fill these posts with nationals from their countries. Merit, gender or regional representation was not a major factor in these appointments, nor was it part of an effort to weed out corruption.

Second, while it is true that Mr. Ban’s effort to restructure the peacekeeping department started on a “rocky footing,” he was not “forced to shelve his plans,” as the editorial reports. After long and difficult consultations with member states in the first two months of his tenure, Mr. Ban managed to mobilize widespread support for his proposal from nations in both the developed and developing world.

Then, in March, the General Assembly passed a resolution — by consensus — giving overwhelming endorsement to his plan for the restructuring, and since then, the drive to reorganize peacekeeping operations is poised to become a reality. As such, the current picture does indeed encourage optimism.


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