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Old 19th Aug 2018, 13:31
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Rest in....Kofi Annan

Tankertrash made me do it...but it appears that the passing of Kofi Annan has gone overlooked. I am not a fan of the League of nations...apologies United Nations...and there is call for a whole lot more to be 'United Nations'...they have missed both their use before abe best before dates
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Old 19th Aug 2018, 16:36
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Mr. Annan always struck me as one of the very few - best ones.
Smart, articulate, grounded, a statesman and a gentleman.
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Old 19th Aug 2018, 17:29
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Whilst one should not speak ill of the dead, we should not forget that the appointment of Kofi Annan was the result of cynical Political horse-trading because the better candidates were ruled out through the in-fighting amongst the larger Countries. Anan was appointed over and above far better people and the world has become the poorer place it now is as a result of his failure to provide the strong and effective leadership it needed - but never received under him.

The following article is a far more honest appraisal rather than the PC-biased reports that are almost suggesting he is a candidate for beatification. I suspect that rather like Obama, history will be re-written and re-interpreted more favourably and the complete inability to make good, effective, and sound judgements will be glossed over because such facts sit uncomfortably with the image being projected by the media.

Here is a more realistic interpretation of his disastrous term in office.
https://www.heritage.org/report/kofi...legacy-failure
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Old 19th Aug 2018, 17:34
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I think Kofi Annan was certainly well intentioned, but I think any Secretary General is ultimately doomed to failure. The United Nations is made up of states whose values are so disparate to make any idea that they are "united" totally meaningless. The following extract from the Wiki entry on the post of Secretary General is relevant.

The Secretary-General is highly dependent upon the support of the member states of the UN. Although the Secretary-General may place any item on the provisional agenda of the Security Council, much of their mediation work takes place behind the scenes.
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Old 19th Aug 2018, 19:47
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Originally Posted by Tankertrashnav View Post
I think Kofi Annan was certainly well intentioned, but I think any Secretary General is ultimately doomed to failure. The United Nations is made up of states whose values are so disparate to make any idea that they are "united" totally meaningless. The following extract from the Wiki entry on the post of Secretary General is relevant.

Kind of like the EU.
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Old 19th Aug 2018, 21:25
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Kind of like the EU.
Not really, the EU doesn't have a Security Council where privileged member states can issue vetos at will.
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Old 19th Aug 2018, 22:25
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Originally Posted by Rail Engineer View Post
Here is a more realistic interpretation of his disastrous term in office.
https://www.heritage.org/report/kofi...legacy-failure
Hmmm. Right-wing American think-tank attacks UN Secretary General who dares to criticise US foreign policy.

Who'd have thought it ?
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Old 19th Aug 2018, 23:07
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Mild Kofi was what I heard him described as. I think any Sec Gen UN is between a rock and a hard place but he didn't't grab issues by the scruff of the neck.

I'm sure behind the scenes he was a skilled operator, a smoozer, diplomat but I can't say he stood out at times the world needed a tougher stance against delinquent states.
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Old 20th Aug 2018, 06:38
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Originally Posted by Ancient Mariner View Post
Not really, the EU doesn't have a Security Council where privileged member states can issue vetos at will.
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Uncool, Per: That sounds suspiciously like a fact, don't you know that some people on here are allergic to facts? Consider them before posting!
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