I can’t say that I’m getting as hot under the collar at United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan’s valedictory remarks as some seem to be. Under the circumstances i thought the statement was rather bland.
The SG’s frame of reference is just too different from mine. I don’t think that the participation of the People’s Republic of China in the United Nations makes the institution more democratic nor do I believe that the participation of Sierra Leone (for example) makes it more legitimate. Like it or not the active participation of the members of the Security Council grants the institution whatever legitimacy it has.
As the wealthiest and most powerful member member of the Security Council the United States gains no additional legitimacy in its actions by participation in the UN.