Mark Steyn argues that the US should exclude the UN from the rebuilding of Iraq:
The UN doesnÃ¢€™t solve problems, it manages them in perpetuity: it turns them into Les MisÃƒ©rables; come back two decades later and itÃ¢€™s still running. Even without the corruption and drugs and child-sex rings, itÃ¢€™s not an impressive record. Any German contemplating PalestineÃ¢€™s Ã¢€˜refugeeÃ¢€™ Ã¢€˜campsÃ¢€™, now celebrating their golden jubilee, ought to be grateful his country enjoyed the straightforward benefits of victorsÃ¢€™ justice.
So, what to do?
Well, first, if the last fortnight teaches us anything, itÃ¢€™s that the minimalist approach wonÃ¢€™t work. You canÃ¢€™t just lop off Saddam, his sons and the top 50 apparatchiks but otherwise retain the existing structures and personnel. ItÃ¢€™s clear after the depravity of the fedayeen and others that Iraq needs comprehensive de-Baathification. The best people to supervise that are the guys whoÃ¢€™ve been on the receiving end Ã¢€” the Americans, British and Australians. The French and the UN would lack the motivation, and past form suggests they wouldnÃ¢€™t even see it as a problem.