Last week began an important meeting of the United Nations General Assembly in New York. In front of the entire world, heads of state were able to loquaciously discuss a broad range of topics including the world economy, climate change, and disarmament strategies. Many say these meetings are nothing better than an opportunity for any nation, no matter how small to grandstand and ramble in whatever direction they so choose. I believe these meetings serve a much greater purpose. Not only did President Obama explain in his own words what leftist ideology is, these speeches also articulate who stands with us in the world, recognizes the prevalence of anti-Semitism, and brings to light just how bat shit crazy the rest of the world really is. It also allows some leaders to stand up and invariably denounce evil. Unfortunately it wasn’t Obama who took this opportunity to do so.
In typical fashion President Obama outlined a lofty agenda, full of soaring rhetoric and world unity aspirations. Luckily speaking early in the long list of countries, Obama was able to make powerful statements such as, “Together, we must build new coalitions that bridge old divides – coalitions of different faiths and creeds; of north and south, east and west; black, white, and brown.” Or “Responsibility and leadership in the 21st century demand more. In an era when our destiny is shared, power is no longer a zero sum game. No one nation can or should try to dominate another nation. No world order that elevates one nation or group of people over another will succeed. No balance of power among nations will hold. The traditional division between nations of the south and north makes no sense in an interconnected world.”
The gist of his ideas and coherent understanding of the world are noble and logical. It is his comparisons with which I strongly differ. Take this paragraph, “If we are honest with ourselves, we need to admit that we are not living up to that responsibility. Consider the course that we are on if we fail to confront the status quo. Extremists sowing terror in pockets of the world. Protracted conflicts that grind on and on. Genocide and mass atrocities. More and more nations with nuclear weapons. Melting ice caps and ravaged populations. Persistent poverty and pandemic disease. I say this not to sow fear, but to state a fact: the magnitude of our challenges has yet to be met by the measure of our action.” Do you see where his ideas do not delineate reality? Grouping persistent poverty, pandemic disease and genocide with “melting ice caps,” or with the notion of broad-scale non-proliferation?
Again the ideas are noble but irrational outside of the abstract. Any rational person understands that a responsible country’s nuclear proliferation is the greatest deterrent to the genocidal slants of another rogue nation’s human nature. Unfortunately President Obama truly does adhere to his egalitarian tendency. Assuming we can take his word at face value, he plans to substantially reduce our nuclear warheads and launchers, volunteering our country for unilateral disarmament. Using the Nuclear Non Proliferation Treaty as a guide, he said that the US has the responsibility to move toward disarmament. How far is he willing to go to pursue his harmonious idea of a world living in peace? Does he really believe other nations will curb their aspirations in lieu of his benevolent, one world ideals? Its already been shown that he is willing to abandon our allies defenses to possibly garner the backing of economic sanctions toward others, i.e. Russian sanctions against Iran. Time will tell if this plan is a good one.
However noble President Obama’s ideas may seem, they were grounded shortly thereafter by the rest of the world’s leaders. Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi decided to use his platform for a 90 minute rambling rant which blamed the Jews for everything including the killing of Lee Harvey Oswald, the murderer of JFK. Venezuelan dictator Hugo Chavez used part of his time to plug anti-American filmmaker Oliver Stone’s movie as well as a special shout out to President Obama saying “I don’t smell sulfur anymore. It’s gone. Now, it’s the smell of something else — it’s the smell of hope.” Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad used his platform to call for an end to capitalism, and to rant about the Jews, blaming them for every ill the middle east currently faces, calling them cold blooded murders. Ahmadinejad also said this on Thursday, “The Islamic Republic of Iran is a member of the IAEA and is committed to the NPT(Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty)”. Well low and behold, this was the headline from Friday, the very next day. And this from today. Are these really the types of regimes that warrant us reducing or eliminating our own nuclear stockpiles, regardless of the obvious caches that will or currently do exist in other countries?
There was one head of state who used his platform to dispel insanity, and to take a stand against evil. Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Issuing a scathing rebuke of Iran and the UN Human Rights Council, Netanyahu boldly proclaimed, “Yesterday, the man who calls the Holocaust a lie spoke from this podium. To those who refused to come here and to those who left this room in protest, I commend you. You stood up for moral clarity and you brought honor to your countries. But to those who gave this Holocaust-denier a hearing, I say on behalf of my people, the Jewish people, and decent people everywhere: Have you no shame? Have you no decency? What a disgrace! What a mockery of the charter of the United Nations!”
Also, after recounting the recent escalation in Gaza and the subsequent UN Human Rights council report alleging that Israel carried out what was tantamount to war crimes, Netanyahu said, “By these twisted standards, the UN Human Rights Council would have dragged Roosevelt and Churchill to the dock as war criminals. What a perversion of truth. What a perversion of justice.”
Wow, now that is a leader who values the truth and stands by his beliefs in the face of unrelenting evil. His message, if the UN delegations continue to vilify and make legitimate the anti Israeli stances and actions, they would be telling the entire world that, “Terror Pays.” His sentiments were supported by his own defense minister Ehud Barak’s opinion piece from the Wall Street Journal, detailing the extent they went to to reduce civilian casualties and basically defend their homeland against an 8 year onslaught of rocket attacks.
The unfortunate truth in all of this posturing is that two sides are emerging in the world. One who realizes the travesties and injustices in the world and will fight against terror, and those that will appease real evil and choose to extend its animosity towards nations that are simply an unjust, irrational reflection of themselves, choosing only to project their vapid moral beliefs onto others under the guise of a utopian fairy tale. With Obama looking to unilaterally disarm the United States, continually capitulate anti-Semitic fundamentalist leaders, calling for our greatest ally to end the so-called occupation of their own country, and with backing from seedy dictators such as Gadhafi, Chavez, and Castro, it’s unfortunate that many Americans are finding their moral clarity in a leader of a tiny country thousands of miles away.