Monday, October 11, 2004

Sharpies For Kofi

Jed Babbin over at The American Spectator points out once again the ineptitude of the U.N. Can you say "sharpiegate?"

"The Afghan election -- an otherwise wonderful and historic event -- is now in dispute because the U.N. didn't have Sharpies handy."

"The U.N. was supposed to be monitoring and assuring the validity of the Afghan election in which Hamid Karzai and about seventeen others were vying for the presidency of this war-ravaged nation. The U.N. failed. Not because of violence in the polling places, though there surely was some. Not because hundreds of thousands of Afghanis quailed at the terrorists' threats of murder if they tried to vote, because they didn't. The U.N. failed because its infallible, impartial, and professional election monitors planned to mark the cuticle of one thumb of each voter with ink to show they'd voted and thus prevent them from voting again, and couldn't manage to get even that right. You'd think they'd have arranged for pens with ink that wouldn't wash off immediately, rendering the result in doubt of massive Chicago-like vote fraud. But they didn't."

To prevent this from happening during the January election in Iraq, Babbin suggests this call to action:

"Let's help. Every American (and everyone else interested in seeing democracy take root in Iraq) should send a Sharpie to Secretary Kofi Annan:"

Kofi Annan, Secretary General
U.N. Headquarters
First Avenue at 46th Street
New York, NY 10017

I think I will send a multipack of indelible markers from Sam's Club just to emphasize the point!