Wednesday, January 10, 2007

The Legacy of Kofi Annan

According to Google, Kofi Annan:

said - 399,000
called - 70,700 (for, on)
told - 54,400
urged - 39,000
expressed - 23,700
gave - 9,890 (a speech)
condemned - 9,410 (Israel)
criticized - 4,720 (Israel)
convened - 3,540 (a panel against Israel)
denounced - 1,700 (Israel)
agreed - 971
decided - 702
demanded - 522
received - 502
rebuked - 387
deplored - 368
reaffirmed - 352
confirmed - 335
questioned - 334
promised - 329
requested - 263
asserted - 262
supported - 247 (an opinion)
defended - 234 (a speech)
backed - 216
appeared - 184
assured - 169
affirmed - 155
mentioned - 150
helped - 149 (Saddam Hussein)
endorsed - 145
explained - 135
played - 107
pushed - 106 (for a meeting)
protested - 95
scheduled - 83
determined - 64 (in his mind)
considered - 52
revealed - 51
allowed - 39 (abuse)

And that's not including the times that he "strongly" did these things. Meanwhile, he actually:

acted - 39
prevented - 24
assisted - 14
changed - 13
cared - 3
discovered - 2
uncovered - 1
financed - 1
reformed - 0
affected - 0
made a difference - 0
liberated - 0
set in action - 0

In sum, he:

failed - 713
succeeded - 35

I'm looking forward to the next Secretary General.

Yehuda
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