June 11, 2004

Taranto Rebuts Kofi

James Taranto notes;

U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan gave a commencement address at Harvard yesterday. The previous day, the Harvard Crimson reports, "nearly 150 people--including several who appeared to be alums or Harvard-affiliated--turned out to protest what they called Annan's failure to take action against slavery and genocide in Sudan." The anti-Annan protest doesn't seem to have attracted much attention, though, from the national press, which seems to prefer its protests anti-American.

The Crimson, meanwhile, notes that Annan struck an anti-American tone in his speech:

Without explicitly referencing the current U.S. administration, Annan challenged various elements of American foreign policy, including the use of preemptive strikes in the war in Iraq.

"What kind of world would it be, and who would want to live in it, if every country was allowed to use force, without collective agreement, simply because it thought there might be a threat?" Annan said, to applause from the audience.

The real question is: What kind of world would it be if no country were willing to use force against terrorists except with the unanimous consent of countries that make corrupt deals with terror-sponsoring governments?

Posted by dan at June 11, 2004 8:06 PM