Friday, June 05, 2009

Kofi Annan: Feckless still

Climate change is already killing 300,000 a year, report claims

Annan's group released a report pointing to the problems a segment of the world's population has in eking out a decent life.

“As this report shows, the first hit and worst affected are the world’s poorest groups, and yet they have done least to cause the problem.”

Ah, yes.   The gratuitous laying on of the guilt trip.

So, what are the big three problems facing these distressed populations?  They are malnutrition, malaria and dysentery.  Problems that have been around for a long time.

What is Annan's recommended solution?  You probably guessed it:

“Copenhagen needs to be the most ambitious international agreement ever reached,” he said. “As this report shows, the alternative is greater risk of starvation, migration and sickness on a massive scale.”

What nonsense.  What happened to the idea of facing the three plagues directly?  How about working to change the local political and cultural conditions that are at the root of these problems?  Conditions that have long thwarted the best efforts of aid organizations.

Nah, that would be too much like work.  They would rather gather the Club together in some posh surroundings and emit a lot of CO2-laden hot air whilst sipping a fine chardonnay.

Kofi Annan?  Feckless still.

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