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Kofi Annan NEW YORK In a broadside directed at the US-led war in Iraq, UN Secretary General Kofi Annan declared armed force used in self-defense to be against international law. Nations, rather, should follow the doctrine of non-violent resistance in pursuit of national security.
"Imagine no need for armaments. No conscription, too," declared Annan in an address to the UN General Assembly. "Imagine all the nation-states of the world following the teachings of such philosophers as Thoreau, Gandhi and the actor Martin Sheen."
Annan levied harsh and thinly-veiled criticism towards the United States.
"Those who arrogantly pursue self-preservation at the expense of those who bravely shirk the yoke of so-called "military preparedness' shall soon find themselves on the wrong side of history."
Annan's speech was well received and interrupted by applause numerous times, most notably from the French delegation, a reaction noted by the nearby German contingent.