Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon recently stated that he would “burn his own body” if it would help Korea but his indecisive record at the United Nations makes many people doubt that. With the cholera epidemic in Haiti especially, Ban received major criticism for apologizing six years after the UN caused the epidemic. This, despite a UN expert panel establishing the UN fault in 2011 and everyone from cholera victims to UN experts criticizing the lack of UN response for several years. With Ban’s eye now on the Korean presidency, as his UN term has ended, many believe that the belated apology was really just an attempt to erase the cholera stain from Ban Ki-moon’s UN legacy.
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[Correspondent’s column] Is Ban Ki-moon really willing to burn his own body?
Yi Yong-in, The Hankyoreh
January 6, 2017
“If it would contribute to the development of the Republic of Korea, I would be willing to burn my own body if need be.”
Former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon made the comment during a meeting with South Korean correspondents that was held at the UN Headquarters in New York on Dec. 20. Ban’s phrase about burning his own body implied that he intends to move ahead despite the risk and regardless of the cost. It is a remark fit for the declaration of a presidential campaign.
Presuming that Ban has prepared the remark in advance, one can guess what his intentions were. His choice of strong words was probably deliberate, since he is aware of criticism that he is not very charismatic or decisive. The unprecedented intensity of Ban’s remarks in recent months suggest that Ban is attempting to move beyond his reputation as a slippery eel.
But strangely enough, I could hardly sense any dedication or gravity in his words, his facial expression or his eyes during the meeting with reporters. I replayed a recording of the occasion several times, but I couldn’t shake that feeling.
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