For background, see the following articles by The Trenchant Observer:
“Oh, what a beautiful castle in the sky! Kofi Annan—the Illusionist, the moral cowardice of the world, and the end of the United Nations dream—Obama’s Debacle in Syria — Update #58 (July 2)”
July 2, 2012
“Immunity or safe-conduct for al-Assad? Can Kofi Annan fail? Conference before cease-fire?—Obama’s Debacle in Syria — Update #56 (June 23),” June 23, 2012
“The League of Authoritarian States”—Obama’s Debacle in Syria — Update #50 (June 9),” June 9, 2012
“Stop the UN farce!—Obama’s Debacle in Syria — Update #37 (May 15),” May 15, 2012
“Kofi Annan is not God—Obama’s debacle in Syria — Update #15,”
March 23, 2012
Karl Marx, after all, was right: History does repeat itself, for the first time as tragedy and for the second time as farce.
Kofi Annan must be on his fourth or fifth repeat of history, but it is still farce.
When I saw the news report that he met with Bashar al-Assad today in Damascus to discuss a common approach to stop the fighting, and that he said the discussions were promising, I almost fell off my chair.
The premise of any such discussions would have to be that Bashar al-Assad’s agreement–to anything!–would have some significance.
But only a fool, or a government playing us all for fools, could accept such a proposition, in the face of the absolutely overwhelming evidence to the contrary that has accrued.
Does this man–the Envoy–have no shame?
Thousands and thousands of people have died because of the illusions he has fed to the U.N. Security Council and to the world, and the false hopes he has raised, helping Russia to block any effective Security Council action to halt the killing in Syria, or any effective action outside the framework of the Security Council itself that might halt the killing.
Is there a single person left in the thinking world who believes Kofi Annan is acting on behalf of anyone other than himself, the Russians, and even al-Assad himself?
Is there a single leader in the thinking world who will speak out, and shout from the rooftops:
“Get this man off the stage!”
The Trenchant Observer
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