December 14, 2006

Where a self-honest person strongly resonates with a specific collective identity, be it religion or nation or something else entirely, it is reasonable to assume that their future decisions cannot but be coloured by that resonance. It is not fair to ask a person who self-identifies as feminist or Christian or Marxist or hard-core Republican to base their decisions on any kind of neutrality and still maintain their integrity. In a democracy, this necessarily means that any such candidate cannot fairly represent all members of their constituency without compromising who they are.

That being said and under the current world circumstances, I do not think choosing a Korean (from either side of the line) to be the new Secretary-General of the United Nations was particularly wise.

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