Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Kofi Annan Bids Farewell, Wags Finger One Last Time

Read Kofi Annan's farewell address in the Washington Post. It's full of fantasies like global cooperation, solidarity, and other idealistic principles we should follow. I think it's hard to be a balanced reader when someone frequently uses the word "should." Nevertheless, Annan's essay is intriguing, especially the following excerpt:

"First, in today's world we are all responsible for each other's security. Against such threats as nuclear proliferation, climate change, global pandemics or terrorists operating from safe havens in failed states, no nation can make itself secure by seeking supremacy over all others...Only by working to make each other secure can we hope to achieve lasting security for ourselves...But large and powerful states, whose actions have the greatest impact on others, can be constrained only by their own people."

Long live idealism....we're sunk without it.


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