Kofi Anan writes a fatuous farewell op-ed in the Washington Post, maintaining that only through multilateral institutions can states hold each other to account.
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. [....]
More than ever, Americans, like the rest of humanity, need a functioning global system. Experience has shown, time and again, that the system works poorly when the United States remains aloof but it functions much better when there is farsighted U.S. leadership.
That gives American leaders of today and tomorrow a great responsibility. The American people must see that they live up to it.
Hey, Kofi, how about yourr role in permitting the Rwandan genocide? Or the massacres in the Balkans? Or the failure of the UN Oil-for-Food program? The on-going genocide in Darfur? Seems as if every time theseissues are brought up, Annan blames member nations-stating that the UN is only as strong as individual members (i.e., US) allow it to be.