Kofi, We’ll Hardly Miss Thee
Those of you who follow world politics will no doubt be interested to know that the monument to corruption, extortion, and bureaucracy currently taking up valuable real estate in mid-town Manhattan will soon be getting a new boss. The current Secretary of the United Nations couldn’t quietly end his scandal ridden tenure without taking a few parting shots at his host-nation and its current leader.
No doubt concerned the American people would greet his departure with a yawn akin to the Who’s classic line “Meet the new boss, same as the old boss”, Kofi Annan will today deliver his farewell address not from the floor of the UN General Assembly, but from the Truman Presidential Library in Independence, Missouri.
The choice of location could not be more ironic – it show’s Kofi’s complete lack of historical knowledge.
Harry S Truman lived in a world at war. He knew evil could not be negotiated with, appeased, or otherwise accommodated. Truman understood war to be a means to an end. Truman understood the concept of absolute victory and unconditional surrender. Kofi understands only the concepts of appeasement and surrender.
Kofi made an effort to share five lessons he’s learned during his tenure as UN Secretary General. Sadly, he leaves out the lessons of how to preside over the huge debacle that was the UN Oil for Food program. Somehow the terms extortion and bribe are absent from his text. Also missing is the lesson his son Kojo learned about how to get high end Mercedes automobiles delivered to a foreign country with no questions asked as to its origin.
Yes, Kofi has much he wishes the United States would learn. Here’s his biggest lesson for his target audience:
States can no longer -- if they ever could -- confront global challenges alone. Increasingly, they need help from the myriad types of association in which people come together voluntarily, to profit or to think about, and change, the world.In other words, Kofi would have international powerhouse nations such as Luxemburg and French Guyana dictate the foreign policy of the United States. He would have the United States implement a Lurch Kerry Global Test prior to defending her interests and her citizens against the forces of transnational terrorism.
How can states hold each other to account? Only through multilateral institutions.
So my final lesson is that those institutions must be organized in a fair and democratic way, giving the poor and the weak some influence over the actions of the rich and the strong.
Memo to Kofi: That dog won’t hunt. If you don’t understand that colloquialism, ask somebody in Missouri. Maybe they’ll explain it to you. Odds are, they’ll laugh and wonder what planet you came from.
The man who’s Presidential Library you speak from today is most likely spinning in his grave at a speed which would power most of the surrounding city’s electrical grid. Truman would no sooner have sought permission to use every means at his disposal to win the war in which he was engaged than he would have conceded electoral defeat to Thomas Dewey.
Your legacy, Kofi, is one of corruption, missed opportunity, and failed leadership. In this clash of civilization versus the barbaric menace of Islamofascism – while you may have been well paid – you’re on the wrong side.
Enjoy the cash.
Here endeth the lesson.
principle, "...all men are endowed by their Creator with
...Liberty...," is a system with its roots in the natural
Order of the universe. The opponents of such a system are
necessarily engaged in a losing contest with nature and
nature's God. Biblical principles are still today the
foundation under Western Civilization and the American
way of life. To the advent of a new season we commend the
present generation and the "multitudes in the valley of
Let us proclaim it. Behold!
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