The Secretary-General of the United Nations has just outdone himself. In a statement that did not come out of a vacuum, António Guterres said, “Hamas made declarations that were not constructive.” An expletive would be warranted here.
Hamas made declarations that were not constructive?! I am a woman of words. Words are my craft; they are my art. I write because I suffocate if I do not. And for the first time, I actually do not know what to say. Till now I thought that Guterres’s namesake, Antony Blinken, was the most useless man in the world, but while Blinken will one day fade into the ash he already resembles, Guterres has jumped the gun on the Grim Reaper and claimed his place in the annals of history.
Samantha Power, quoted in The Atlantic, wrote in Chasing the Flame, former UN Secretary-General, Kofi Annan’s, “name would appear in the history books beside the two defining genocidal crimes of the second half of the twentieth century.” The century ended before António Guterres could assail that record, but he wasted no time in seizing the first opportunity in the next century. For all our sakes, let us hope that António Guterres’s name would appear in the history books beside the defining genocidal crime of the twenty-first century.
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