I wonder if Kofi Annan thinks he is as corrupt as we do? Perhaps he really does see the United States as dangerously imperialistic and Yassir Arafat as a symbol of national aspiration. But I don’t think so. I think there are some people so used to living with corruption they think it the way of the world. To be disturbed by it is somehow “unsophisticated.” They “bow down” in homage to the kleptocrat who exploited his own people beyond comprehension.
Of course it is not surprising to see the French President do something as inherently racist as that. In any case, Chirac’s days are as numbered as his bank account. But Annan is another matter. He works for the world. Or claims to. Time to give this UN kleptocrat the boot too.