UNITED NATIONS: Mouseproof

New Zealand's blunt, able Sir Carl Berendsen is a great & good friend of the United Nations, an organization he helped to found, but his friendship does not blind him to its drawbacks—its intrigue, its financial irresponsibility (the way delegates like to travel at someone else's expense), or its futility. Last week, having quit after six years as New Zealand's chief delegate, Sir Carl got his opinions off his chest at a meeting of the U.N. association back home in Wellington.

"The flow of speech and the spate of words in the United Nations," he said, "are quite incredible and...

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