As “everyone” . . . um . . . “knows” the UN is weak, useless, and ineffectual. And, certainly, it looks that way if, like most American observers, you only harp on problems and failures while giving absolutely know consideration to the objective difficulties the organization faces. The UN Dispatch exists, in part, to counter that sort of remorseless spin and over there Mark Goldberg’s pointing out that Kofi Annan’s been completing some extremely successful diplomacy that’s making the resolution of the Israel-Lebanon War look much more hopeful than I would have thought it reasonable to expect.