From BBC News:

Iraq has taken its first step towards self-government since the fall of Saddam Hussein with the inaugural meeting of a governing council composed of Iraqi nationals. …

…Its first decision was to declare a national holiday on 9 April – the day US-led forces overthrew the old regime – and to scrap holidays and festivals linked to the formerly ruling Baath Party…

…Sergio Vieira de Mello, the United Nations special representative in Iraq, described the day as “historic” and said it was an important step in returning sovereignty to the Iraqi people. “Freedom, dignity and security must from now on be taken for granted by all Iraqis,” he said, adding that the UN would be “here for you in any way you wish and for as long as you need”. [“Iraq moves towards self-rule” July 13, 2003]

Wait a minute–wasn’t it the U.N. who voted to keep Saddam in power? Who needs them?

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