That Kofi Annan, he\'s a real comedian!!!!! I'm sure there's some out of work comedian somewhere who's pissed over Annan's attempt at humor. Are y'all wondering what I'm gettin at, well here it is. Annan Warns Bush Against Unilateral Attack on Iraq Sat Feb 8, 2:43 PM ET By Tim McGlone WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (Reuters) - U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan (news - web sites) warned the United States on Saturday against attacking Iraq on its own, arguing collective action under a U.N. umbrella would have greater legitimacy and better odds of success. Since when the UN would know about success? In an address marking the 310th anniversary of William and Mary College, Annan also stressed that force should be used only as a last resort. But if the U.N. Security Council concludes, after a key report by U.N. inspectors due on Friday, that Iraq is not disarming as required by council resolutions, "the council must face up to its responsibilities," he said.Heck, they haven't faced up to a responsibility in the sixty years they've been around, what's to make them start now? "This is an issue not for any one state alone, but for the international community as a whole," Annan said. "When states decide to use force, not in self-defense but to deal with broader threats to international peace and security, there is no substitute for the unique legitimacy provided by the United Nations (news - web sites) Security Council," he said. /forums/images/graemlins/rotfl.gifheheheheh, he said legitimacy "When there is strong U.S. leadership, exercised through patient diplomatic persuasion and coalition-building, the United Nations is successful -- and the United States is successful," he said. "The United Nations is most useful to all its members, including the United States, when it is united and works as a source of collective action rather than discord," he said.about as useful as a football bat at a hockey game Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, the college's chancellor, also endorsed U.N. diplomacy as the appropriate approach to the crisis in Iraq in brief remarks.Way to go Hank. Wait a second, ain't that guy French? The guy's dirtier than my underwear As the two men spoke, some two dozen people outside the hall staged a peaceful protest against war on Iraq. President Bush (news - web sites) has warned Baghdad that time is running out for it to disarm on its own and is sending troops and equipment to the region in preparation for a possible war. The U.S. administration has argued it needs no further action by the Security Council to disarm Iraq by force under Resolution 1441 adopted on Nov. 8 and other resolutions. But Bush has left open the door to an additional council measure authorizing military action, although it is far from clear at this time that such a measure could garner the necessary nine votes and no vetoes in the 15-nation council to be adopted. France, in particular, has warned repeatedly that force should be used only after all possibilities for a peaceful resolution of the crisis have been exhausted, and has made clear its view that that point has not yet been reached.Doesn't France owe us something besides crapa** expensive alcohol and bad food and all we get is this kind of crap? Annan warned that war "is always a human catastrophe" and said the entire international community -- including "first and foremost the leaders of Iraq itself -- have a duty to prevent this if we possibly can."Duh! He said Secretary of State Colin Powell (news - web sites) had made a "strong" presentation to the council last Wednesday on Iraqi arms programs that had "undoubtedly strengthened" the hand of chief inspectors Hans Blix and Mohamed ElBaradei as they once again this weekend pressed Baghdad to more fully cooperate with their efforts.Understatement of the year folks! But if Iraq "fails to make use of this last chance, and continues its defiance, the council ... must face up to its responsibilities," he said.That whole responsibility issue again. "Our (U.N.) founders were not pacifists. They knew there would be times when force must be met by force," he said. As Annan wrapped up his speech, a heckler jumped to his feet to ask Annan why the United Nations was not pressing Israel to disarm as forcefully as it was Baghdad. But his remarks were drowned out by applause.Because Israel would kick the UN's bitchy little a** if they came knocking.