The UN’s High Commissioner for Refugees has stepped down:
In a bitterly worded resignation letter, Mr [Ruud] Lubbers suggested the UN secretary-general had bowed to media pressure amid a number of scandals including the alleged mismanagement of the oil-for-food programme in Iraq.
“Now, in the middle of a series of problems and with ongoing media pressure, you apparently view this [matter] differently”, he wrote. “Despite all my loyalty, insult has now been added to injury and therefore I resign as high commissioner.”
This news reminds me of Richard Nixon throwing Vice President Spiro Agnew to the hounds during Watergate. Agnew’s resignation gave Nixon some temporary relief, but in the end Dick still got what he deserved.