THE UNFORGIVEN

THE U.S. WILL WIN ITS UNSEEMLY BATTLE TO UNSEAT BOUTROS-GHALI, BUT THE REAL LOSERS WILL BE THE U.N. AND HOPES FOR ITS REFORM AND REVIVAL

What a sorry spectacle. Bill Clinton and Boutros Boutros-Ghali poking each other like palookas too mulish to know better. The President of the U.S. and the Secretary-General of the U.N. have gone chest to chest over who should run the international peace organization when Boutros-Ghali's term expires Dec. 31. "You're out," says Clinton. "I won't go," answers Boutros-Ghali. "We veto you," responds Clinton. "I'm still the only candidate," retorts Boutros-Ghali. The African bloc can keep submitting the 74-year-old diplomat's name to the Security Council for a second five-year term, and the U.S. can keep vetoing his re-election, but such a fruitless...

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