Mr Annan ( pardon my original misspelling as I rarely cover the man) kept silent from March 2003, the beginning of the Iraq war until Sept 2004 when in a BBC interview he finally declaried openly that the Iraq war as being illegal. Let us not even talk about Rwanda to top if off. I rest my case.

The UN on geopolitical matters has largely become a gutless organization in standing up enough with sufficient moral backbone to Washington when it shows unbelievable appalling judgement. And there was no excuse for the lack of UN of UN leadership as even President Chirac of France, Chancellorv Schroeder of Germany and Jean Chretien, Prime Minister of Canada firmly stood up against “Bush Jr’s” catastrophic war by their refusal to send troops..

Sadly, I have to say the last great independent Secretary General of the UN was a former Swedish banker. I hesitate to write his name to avoid another misspelling…