R.I.P. Kofi Annan

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R.I.P. Kofi Annan

Postby Arneb » Sat Aug 18, 2018 8:24 pm

Died in Switzerland today, age 80.

Being Secretary General of the U.N., he failed at many things. He could not keep Srebrenica and the Irak war from happening. It is probably the nature of the job. Still, he showed that international politics can be more than alpha male antics and Cold War style blockade, as it mostly is today.
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Re: R.I.P. Kofi Annan

Postby tubeswell » Sun Aug 19, 2018 1:05 am

Wow - didn't realise he was so old
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Re: R.I.P. Kofi Annan

Postby Arneb » Sun Aug 19, 2018 8:28 am

And, whoda thunk, not one word of respect or condolences from the government of this our beloved greatest Nation of the entire world, ever.
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Re: R.I.P. Kofi Annan

Postby Enzo » Sun Aug 19, 2018 3:48 pm

Hey, brown skin, 'nuff said... makes him almost a Mexican.
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Re: R.I.P. Kofi Annan

Postby Мастер » Mon Aug 20, 2018 1:28 pm

Arneb wrote:And, whoda thunk, not one word of respect or condolences from the government of this our beloved greatest Nation of the entire world, ever.


Although, they did get him the job in the first place . . .
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Re: R.I.P. Kofi Annan

Postby Arneb » Mon Aug 20, 2018 3:21 pm

Indeed. Those were very, very diffent times. I wouldn't have thought this possible, but I'd take back G.W. any day now.
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Re: R.I.P. Kofi Annan

Postby MM_Dandy » Mon Aug 20, 2018 3:27 pm

I think it was Clinton who "appointed" Annan.
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Re: R.I.P. Kofi Annan

Postby Arneb » Mon Aug 20, 2018 7:01 pm

That is of course, correct. It was 1996, and the Clinton administration put a lot of pressure behind his election. However, his re-election on 29 June, 2001 (now THAT is in the deep past for us, right? Pre-9-11) was tolerated/promoted by the young first G.W. administration.
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Re: R.I.P. Kofi Annan

Postby Richard A » Sun Aug 26, 2018 9:20 am

It's ironic - when you see George W.'s occasional public appearances now, he seems decidedly reasonable. But then, he no longer has Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld behind him.

Arneb is indeed right - pre-9/11 seems another era. Not to mention pre-1989.
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