Whoever appointed Kofi Annan to mediate the current Syrian conflict owes the people of Syria an apology. Big time.
Years after Annan left the U.N. his failures and blunders are still being discussed. The man’s 10 years in power were a monumental failure. He left a legacy that is testament to mismanagement, and corruption.
In the mid-1990s, the U.N.’s slow response to the genocide in Sudan and poor performance during the Bosnian war all happened on Annan’s watch.
Under Annan, the U.N. shamelessly appeased dictators and tyrants — from Baghdad to Tehran to Khartoum. The U.N. stood weak-kneed in the face of genocide and ethnic cleansing.
But Annan’s signature failure was when he was head of U.N. peacekeeping operations. The genocide against Tutsi in Rwanda in 1994 happened under Annan, an African. And the man never apologized. His lack of humility in the face of great human tragedy has been one of his greatest shortcomings as a U.N. Chief. And Annan never apologized to the people of Iraq, whose former president he described as ” a man I can do business with.”
When Annan left the U.N., the world body was a broken institution in need of fundamental wholesale reform.
Watch how he bungles the Syrian conflict. I feel for the people of Syria.