Kofi Annan, Graceless to the End
Kofi Annan is leaving the hopelessly corrupt United Nations, and in his farewell speech the dictators’ best friend took a final slap at the US: Annan Criticizes U.S. in Farewell Speech.
U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan, in his farewell address, criticized the Bush administration, warning that America must not sacrifice its Democratic ideals while waging war against terrorism.
In remarks prepared for delivery Monday at the Truman Presidential Museum and Library, Annan also said the Security Council should be expanded.
“Human rights and the rule of law are vital to global security and prosperity,” Annan’s text said. When the U.S. “appears to abandon its own ideals and objectives, its friends abroad are naturally troubled and confused,” he said.
Annan, who leaves the United Nations on Dec. 31 after 10 years as secretary-general, has become an increasingly vocal critic of the war in Iraq.
He said in the text that the U.S. has a special responsibility to the world because it continues to have extraordinary power.
Annan summed up five principles that he considers essential: collective responsibility, global solidarity, rule of law, mutual accountability and multilateralism.
He chose the Truman museum for his final major speech in part because it is dedicated to a president who was instrumental in the founding of the United Nations. His text repeatedly praised the Truman administration but never mentioned Bush by name.
“As President Truman said, ‘The responsibility of the great states is to serve and not dominate the peoples of the world,’” Annan said.
Good riddance. This disgraceful man should be in prison for his part in the gigantic Oil-for-Food rip-off. The next tool of the Organization of the Islamic Conference will now step up to fill his shoes.