Monday, December 11, 2006

Annan To
Criticize U.S.
In His

From USA Today:

In a farewell speech on U.S. soil today, retiring United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan plans to deliver a tough critique of President Bush's policies. He will accuse the administration of trying to secure the United States from terrorism in part by dominating other nations through force, committing what he termed human rights abuses and taking military action without broad international support.

Though Annan has long been a critic of the war in Iraq and other Bush foreign policies, the planned speech is among his toughest and is unusual for a U.N. secretary-general concluding his tenure.

Annan's remarks, provided to USA TODAY by his office, list principles for international relations, among them "respect for human rights and the rule of law.

"These ideas can be advanced only "if America remains true to its principles, including in the struggle against terrorism," the speech says. "When it appears to abandon its own ideals and objectives, its friends abroad are naturally troubled and confused."

So, according to Annan, America's priniciples include allowing other nations to have sovereignty over our decision of whether or not to go to war, and of how to handle a war once we are in it.

And, if other nations have sovereignty over such decisions, then are not those nations America as well? In other words, aren't all nations America in some sense? Yes, and if all nations are America in some sense, then isn't America also, in some sense, Iran, and Sudan, and Saudi Arabia?

I am He, as you are He, as you are me, and we are all together
See how they run like pigs from a gun
See how they fly
I'm crying