Monday, March 28, 2005 at 2:25 PM
It seems that the investigations into widely reported corruption and malfeasance at the United Nations have plunged its seemingly unflappable leader, Kofi Annan, into extreme depths of despair.
Many speculate, however, that Annan’s emotional anguish has not been caused by pending reports on the UN’s negligent performance in peacekeeping or even the unconscionable sexual abuse of poor helpless children by its peacekeepers throughout the developing world. Instead, insiders at the UN indicate that Annan is crestfallen by the implication of his own son as a pivotal figure in the UN’s $40 billion oil-for-food scam.
But, notwithstanding the alleged gross misdeeds of his son, Annan’s own documented failures of leadership should compel him to resign as secretary general of the UN, immediately!
Note: When Bill Clinton was elected President in 1992, I had great expectations that the chronic maladies that afflict poor blacks (and whites) in America might finally be redressed. But when he left office 8 years later, those maladies not only remained chronic but, in many respects, had actually gotten much worse.
Likewise, when Kofi Annan was elected the first black secretary general of the UN in 1997, I had great expectations that the chronic maladies of war, poverty, starvation and disease that plagued so much of Africa and the developing world would finally receive sustained international relief. But today, all of these problems seem even more dire.
Bill Clinton and Kofi Annan are two modern tragic heroes who lifted the hopes of so many – to the stars – only to let them come crashing down amidst scandal, public disgrace and profound disillusionment.