In his farewell speech as the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Kofi Annan schooled the Bush Administration about maintaining human rights and the rule of law in an age of terrorism. And he urged the United States at large not to abandon the core principles it has long stood for (at least until Bush 43 became King).
Annan commented "Human rights and the rule of law are vital to global security and prosperity." (Read: Bushie, you actually put your country MORE at risk, and increase the chances of terrorism, when you ignore the Geneva Conventions and waterboard people.)
He went on to say that when America "appears to abandon its own ideals and objectives, its friends abroad are naturally troubled and confused." (Read: Under BushCo., the United States has lost its moral authority and compass, and has become what it despises.)
Annan also reminded us of the example set by President Harry Truman, and how Truman remained true to America's principles and ideals.
Annan stated "As President Truman said, 'The responsibility of the great states is to serve and not dominate the peoples of the world. He believed strongly that henceforth security must be collective and indivisible. That was why, for instance, that he insisted when faced with aggression by North Korea against the South in 1950, on bringing the issue to the United Nations. Against such threats as these, no nation can make itself secure by seeking supremacy over all others." (In other words, Bushie, you are not King. The United States is not a country unto itself. You do not live in this world alone. You are not judge and jury.)
Now the question remains, did George Bush get a clue? Was he listening? Of course not.
Annan chides U.S. in farewell speech