Kofi Anan has accepted responsibility for his role in the Oil-for-food scandal at the UN. This basically amounts to admitting that the whole thing was badly managed - he has already been cleared (despite familial connections) of any illicit or illegal activities, or at least no evidence was found to suggest that he was involved and let's face it: innocent until proven guilty is the way most civilised nations work. I suppose the harshest thing one could say if you believe this judgement is that Anan was incompetent in his role as UN General Secretary.
At least he has put his hand up to it and admitted that since it happened under his watch then he bears some of the responsibility. I say some, not to excuse him, but simply because those who deliberately set out to commit fraud and line their own pockets are hardly blameless.
But what now? I think that at the very least Anan's position is severely compromised and as such he would do well to resign. However it is clear, and has been for some time, that the UN is not working; serious overhauling is needed and perhaps it is time for a new man or woman to step in and undertake that task. But who?
Anyone who suggests John Bolton gets a virtual slap from me!