During my decade as secretary-general, and indeed for some time before that, I have indulged in more than my share of half-truths, quarter-truths, cover-ups, immoral inanities and staggering hypocrisies. I have shuffled paperwork while ignoring genocides, I have rushed to shake hands with tyrants while deriding democrats; I have suffered from memory gaps while adroitly recalling just enough to know what needs covering up. I took office promising to reform the U.N., and instead produced a record that deserves to be summed up by such phrases as peacekeeper rape, procurement bribery, and Oil-for-Food.Well, no, he doesn't. But he would have done if he had made the speech written for him by Claudia Rosett, the journalist who investigated the oil-for-food scam but, astonishingly enough, was not even short-listed for the Pulitzer Prize.
Friday, December 15, 2006
The best speech that was never made
In his real farewell speech SecGen Kofi Annan (father of Kojo) says among other things: