From the BBC

Kofi Annan’s comments yesterday have created a fuss. The BBC reports:

Authorities in the UK, Australia, Poland, Bulgaria and Japan also rebuffed Mr Annan’s claims.

Australian Prime Minister John Howard described the UN as a “paralysed” body and said it was incapable of dealing with international crises.

Clearly both Annan and Howard are right, but the UN’s paralysis is a symptom of a new era in US foreign policy – to “go it alone” against targets determined alone. Prediction: This era will be more unstable than that between 1914 and 1945 if it is allowed to develop.