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Wednesday, January 3, 2007

The New UN Secretary General Is Off To A Good Start

Ban Ki Moon is no Kofi Annan. Thank God.
On his first official day on the job, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stepped back from the United Nations’ long-standing opposition to the death penalty, saying capital punishment is an issue for each country to decide and that the world should never forget Saddam Hussein’s “heinous crimes.’’

The remarks suggest that the former South Korean foreign minister would defer to the UN’s 192-member states on some of the day’s most controversial and unsettled issues. Nearly 70 countries—including the United States and South Korea—retain the death penalty.

“Saddam Hussein was responsible for committing heinous crimes and unspeakable atrocities against the Iraqi people,’’ Ban said in his first press conference. “The issue of capital punishment is for each and every member state to decide.’’
Sounds like a smart guy. Let's hope it's a trend.


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