Kofi Annan in Trouble
Kofi Annan is trying to draw attention away from his U.N. Oil for Food scandal
, as well as recent news indicating that Annan's own son, Kojo Annan, received oil-for-food contract money
until February of 2004. While Annan's troubles might be symptoms of a poor leader, not a poor institution, I make the case that the U.N. is in trouble too.
Obviously, I don't much care for the U.N., which tries to bully the world into accepting its leftist ideals without any capability of backing up its demands. I'm not a mulilateralist; I think the U.S. became a superpower for a reason and other nations are suffering for a reason. Our type of government and our free market economy combined with our nation's Christian majority have led to the U.S.' unparalleled success. Thus, we have legitimate authority to defend our own country in the way we see fit, not the way in which the U.N. decides for us. I also think our nation is the only entity capable of compelling other nations to make appropriate changes, such as ceasing human rights' abuses and persecution of religious groups. Come on, do we really think a group with Libya and China on its board is more worthy of deciding such matters?
Annan's departure hopefully would translate into an ensuing makeover of the U.N. Who would make a good replacement for Annan? Donald Rumsfield is not likely to be a popular candidate, but I think someone with backbone definitely needs to fill that seat. Doves need not apply.
And now a quote to summarize why all multilateral governances, particularily the U.N., have little success: "UN agencies are almost completely unaccountable. They don't even know how they spend their money and how programs are run," said Austin Ruse, a UN lobbyist and president of the Culture of Life Foundation (World Magazine, Dec. 18, 2004).