by Robert Morrison
September 25, 2009
We have been told endlessly that we have witnessed an historic day at the UN this week. Indeed, we did. It was a day that many of us could be proud of. A nations leader stood at the podium before the General Assembly and addressed representatives of 192 nations who are member-states of the United Nations. Here is part of what that leader said:
The United Nations was founded after the carnage of World War II and the horrors of the Holocaust. It was charged with preventing the recurrence of such horrendous events. Nothing has undermined that central mission more than the systematic assault on the truth.
Yesterday, the president of Iran stood at this very podium, spewing his latest anti-Semitic rants. Just a few days earlier, he again claimed that the Holocaust is a lie.
That nations leader confronted the delegates to the UN General Assembly with no other weapon than the truth. That is what made this week truly historic. In the words of Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, one word of truth can move the world.
As much as I admire that nations leader for speaking truth to power, I regret only that it was not my own nations leader. Those powerful words were a portion of the speech delivered by Israels Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu. He knows that if Iranian mullahs get an atomic bomb, they could achieve in minutes what Hitler failed to do in years—annihilate the main portion of the Jews. Netanyahu is determined—more determined than the European Union, more determined, apparently, than the current U.S. administration—that Iran will not achieve its goal of nuclear weapons.
The Obama administration has been sending weak and half-hearted signals about the Iranian mullahs drive for nuclear weapons. Would the U.S. approve or disapprove if Netanyahu sent Israeli jets to take out Irans nuclear sites? I dont know. I doubt if anyone in or out of this administration knows.
Former Carter National Security adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski raised eyebrows this week by saying the U.S. should be prepared to take strong and forceful measures to prevent a clash in the Mideast—by confronting any Israeli planes seeking to make a preemptive strike against Irans nuclear sites.
“We are not exactly impotent little babies. They have to fly over our airspace in Iraq. Are we just going to sit there and watch?… They have the choice of turning back or not…
And if they dont? Are we really talking about shooting down Israeli jets? Are we really prepared to defend the Iranian mullahs terror regime?
This would certainly represent change, but not in any productive or beneficial way. Seemingly, the U.S. cannot stop the Iranian mullahs from their mad rush to get nuclear weapons, but our current administration is being urged to consider stopping the Israelis from doing it.
Let us hope that Brzezinski is not speaking for the Obama administration. As for the Carter administration, for which he did speak, it should be remembered that more people in Africa, Asia, and Latin America lost their lives and their liberty under the Carter administration than under any U.S. presidency since World War II. Communists made major gains in the face of Carters invertebrate leadership. I guess thats what they give Peace Prizes for.
Were told that President Obamas presiding over the UN Security Council is historic. Surely it is. Did he, I wonder, mention the Gulag with its ten million victims? Did he refer at all to Chinas Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution which claimed ten million lives? Or the killing fields of Cambodia? Or the Rwandan genocide? We are told that the reason this week is historic is because an American President has never before presided over the UN Security Council.
The UN Security Council is powerful, the media informs us. It is important. Really? If the UN Security Council is so powerful, why is it the case that the UN Security Council did nothing about any of the horrors mentioned above? I doubt that the UN Security Council even passed one of its typically toothless resolutions to deplore millions of human deaths. Or, shall we mention the UN Population Fund—which is itself complicit in 50 million forced abortions in China?
Driving to work this week, I spied a 1967 Chevy truck in front of me. It sported Maryland license plates. Above the plate was this word: Historic. Now, theres an appropriate use of this most overused word. See the USA in your Chevrolet—and have no part in that disgraceful truckling to any general assembly of tin pot despots and ditzy dictators.