Just enjoyed an interview with Kofi Annan on the TV show Sunday Morning.

Now there’s a man who believes in the abilities of the human race to advance towards peaceful resolution in human conflict.  And he is the first to say we are not making progress on this front.

“He is one of the most well-known players on the world stage, respected for his unwavering commitment to international diplomacy, but also fiercely criticized for failing to stop the bloodshed in Rwanda, Bosnia, and most recently in Syria.”

In his new book, “Interventions,” former U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan attempts to shape how history will remember his 40 years at the United Nations: “Well, I hope that it will be said that, ‘He made a contribution.'”

Annan’s name will forever be attached to some of darkest chapters in world history. He was the head of U.N. peacekeeping forces when some 800,000 people were killed in Rwanda. The next year, more than 8,000 Bosnian men and boys were slaughtered in Srebenica, which had been designated as a so-called U.N. safe area.

“You said with regards to Rwanda and Bosnia, ‘We patently failed or were seen to have failed.  Do you believe that you failed?” “Of course, we failed,” Annan said. “Not only that, I apologized, on behalf of the U.N. and on my own behalf.”

What are some of the successes of the United Nations?  Kofi states: “We are the only organization with the universal convening power that can bring every country under the sun in one conference room and say, ‘Let’s discuss this.’  It’s not a perfect organization but it’s the best we’ve got.” He notes a few of their real successes in medical emergencies worldwide like in the case of bird flu or AIDS.

Why is the U.N. unsuccessful when it comes to war?  I believe it is because when we mix religion and testosterone, genocide too often results.

This combo has killed more people in human history than any other, and I am not optimistic that we will ever contain this lethal combination.

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