Ban’s U.N. Successor: Messiahs Need Not Apply

U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon at the foreign ministry, Vienna, Austria, Tuesday, April 26, 2016 (AP photo by Ronald Zak).
U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon at the foreign ministry, Vienna, Austria, Tuesday, April 26, 2016 (AP photo by Ronald Zak).

United Nations officials currently find themselves in a position similar to that of members of a religious cult who, having expected the messiah to appear in the near future, begin to grasp that there is no savior after all. For almost a decade, they have labored unhappily under Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. They believe that he is too cautious and too loyal to the U.S. and other big powers. But with Ban leaving office at the end of this year, U.N. staffers have hoped and prayed that a far more decisive and independent leader will take his place in 2017. Their […]

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