Ban Ki-moon takes over as UN Secretary-General.
In his October speech accepting the appointment, Ban referred to a predecessor, U Thant of Myanmar (formerly Burma), for having "ably served the world four decades ago." Thant, as is well-known to serious students of the world body, followed in the footsteps of his predecessors at the UN as an anti-American and pro-Soviet apologist. In 1970, Thant stunned even some of his supporters with effusive praise for mass-murderer Vladimir Lenin as "a man with a mind of great clarity [whose] ideas have had a profound influence on the course of contemporary history." Ban also stated that Lenin's "ideals ... are in line with the aims of the UN Charter."
Ban even referred glowingly to the man he succeeds, outgoing UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan. The South Korean praised Annan for having "defined an ambitious agenda" for the world body. That agenda, bared by Annan frequently but especially in 2000, included the assertion that "state sovereignty ... is being redefined by the forces of globalization and international cooperation." In numerous other ways during his 10 years at the UN's highest post, Annan had indicated his disdain for national independence. This is the attitude Ban Ki-moon can be expected to follow.
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|Title Annotation:||Inside Track|
|Publication:||The New American|
|Date:||Jan 8, 2007|
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