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Moment of Truth at the UN General Assembly

September 28th, 2013 - 9:13 pm

You might suppose that the United Nations General Assembly in New York is done with its opening exertions for 2013, now that the new UN celebrity, Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani, has flown home to help his boss, Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, tend to such projects as — how has Rouhani described it? —  ”our peaceful nuclear energy program” and “my government’s readiness to help facilitate dialogue between the Syrian government and the opposition.” (Quoting here from the Sept. 19 Washing Post op-ed with which Rouhani’s public relations team prepared the ground for his arrival on the UN main stage.)

For sure, it was an action-packed week at UN headquarters. Even beyond the round-the-clock news of Rouhani — speaking, snubbing, giving interviews, taking phone calls — there were such episodes as the UN General Assembly inviting the Palestinian Authority’s Mahmoud Abbas to take a seat, for the first time, in the onstage beige chair reserved for heads of state (part of the GA’s continuing effort to help the PA do an end-run around the Palestinian promises in the Oslo Accords). There was the usual appearance by Zimbabwe’s longtime despot, Robert Mugabe, who at age 89 did a remarkably spry job of praising the UN and denouncing the U.S., Britain and their allies (“Shame, shame, shame“). There was the not entirely surprising non-appearance of Sudan’s President Omar al Bashir, who had planned to attend (this plan was surprising, given that Bashir is under indictment by the International Criminal Court for his role in Sudan’s genocide). Instead, Bashir sent Sudan’s minister of foreign affairs, Ali Ahmed Karti, who spent the first part of his speech to the GA denouncing the U.S., which he said had denied Bashir a visa to attend the General Assembly (let us note, whatever one’s criticisms of the State Department, at least they got that much right). On the heels of all this, the UN Security Council finally eked out a “Toothless and Unfocused” resolution on Syria, or at least on Syria’s chemical weapons.

But for all that, the action is not quite over. Now comes that rarest of things at the UN General Assembly — a moment of truth. The GA General Debate — the parade of speakers across the main stage — takes a break on Sunday, then resumes on Monday and finishes up with a final morning session on Tuesday. That last round is when Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is scheduled to speak. Israel was represented at UN meetings last week by its strategic affairs minister, Yuval Steinitz. But for the finale, Netanyahu is flying in, going first to a meeting in Washington with President Obama, then addressing the UN General Assembly on Tuesday.

He’ll have some highly varied company in the final lineup, which — in a brilliant illustration of the UN’s moral equivalence (or moral vertigo) — will also include both the Holy See and North Korea. But (and this is in no way to fault the Holy See), the big event on Tuesday is Netanyahu. For too many of the speakers who climb the UN stage to address the General Assembly, and the world, the main effort is to weave a web of diplomatic fictions. By lonely contrast, Netanyahu’s urgent effort, year after year, has been to sound the alarm about the realities of Iran’s advancing nuclear program, and the dangers it poses not only to Israel, or the Middle East, but to the world. With the clock ticking and the duplicitous deals cooking, never has this message been more urgent. Advance reports, as well as basic sanity, suggest he will make the case again. At the UN, that will go over far less well, to say the least, than the razzle-dazzle of last week’s Iranian “charm” offensive — a buffet of falsehoods more palatable to politicians than the crude realities of the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism buying more time for making nuclear weapons. But for a moment of vital and urgent truth, delivered from the main stage of the UN, tune in Tuesday to the  finale.

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Very grateful for Ms Rosett's hard work, wallowing yet again in the UN sewer so we don't have to.

We'll soon find out, but best guess is Netanyahu doesn't have anything to worry about. Time to lampoon the savages and go for a few walk-outs on camera, maybe?

It's been a while since D Patrick Moynihan dismissed the General Assembly as a hell hole where third-world thugs hunt in packs; nothing has changed for the better. What would Samantha Power say today, one wonders -- likely you won't find a better measure of how far we've sunk.
The MSM won't help you there.
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Years ago I had the displeasure of working with numerous delegates to the United Nations. For them the most important topics were where to get a free lunch or dinner and which escort service provided the prettiest blondes.

Most of the folks who inhabit the United Nations have their first experience with indoor plumbing when they come to New York.

Expecting any kind of thought process from these blood suckers is beyond naive as most of them shop with bags of cash supplied by islamic delegations.

Never was a pervasion of justice as widespread or tolerated. The whole place is a sewer.
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Proclamations and edicts from the Useless Nations are like a tree falling in the wilderness , they make a noise but no one listens
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Anthony Gucciardi Breaks Down Missing Nuke, Syria on Intl Televison

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YxG2OssXERkfeature=player_embedded#t=12
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By Iranian standards, their nuclear program is peaceful. To Islam, peace is submission to Allah, so a nuclear program meant to get more people to submit to Allah is "peaceful".
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Very grateful for Ms Rosett's hard work, wallowing yet again in the UN sewer so we don't have to.

We'll soon find out, but best guess is Netanyahu doesn't have anything to worry about. Time to lampoon the savages and go for a few walk-outs on camera, maybe?

It's been a while since D Patrick Moynihan dismissed the General Assembly as a hell hole where third-world thugs hunt in packs; nothing has changed for the better. What would Samantha Power say today, one wonders -- likely you won't find a better measure of how far we've sunk.
The MSM won't help you there.
42 weeks ago
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Moment of truth? And UN. Oxymoronic?

All delegates the best and brightest of their populations, e.g. Zimbabwe, Libya, China, and Russia erstwhile USSR. ALL delegates selected by their respective populations in "free and fair elections" overseen as such by the "International Community".

ALL delegates with diplomatic immunity. Immune from penalties for ANY disrespect or crime they commit in any nation, to any people when under UN auspices.

These paragons of honourable human behaviour as individuals or group must be honoured. They are apparently the best that fallible humans can be. Models of community and protection of the weak and disadvantaged. All for the "love of humanity".

AND this UN the creation of those most compassionate and caring humans, the hierarchy of Democratic Party of the USA. AND friends. For the past 60 plus years from post WW II.

FD Roosevelt the major champion for this particular "DREAM From The Fathers " at the time. The US Treasury inducement for the nations needing reconstruction of their infrastructures after that war.

To clone the failed League of Naitons of just post WW I. Created/designed also with help from his friends byf that other Democratic President W. Wison. Both Presidents Ceding Independence of the USA to a foreign agency accountable to Americans ONLY through poiticians.

Their son and heir BH Obama, even if from the wrong side of the blanket, Kenya/Indomesia? to follow their leadership. In collaboration with other people of other nations who really do beliieve the world belongs to them.
42 weeks ago
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Israel's problem is that it plays by the rules and the game is rigged. The world trembles at the antics of north Korea and its nuclear capabilities. Maybe the Israeli's have something to learn from them.
42 weeks ago
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We would never get away with it. It's the same on a lower level; Jews don't dare use violence in neighborhood wars.
42 weeks ago
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We've never tried it, Meira, so how would we know. For several years before I returned to live here, I used to write pieces on A-Sheva about this. Watching After-Oslo (still in semi-bloom), I was frustrated and couldn't convince myself to return to a country under siege, with its history, whose leaders would not break out of the matrix imposed on them. Now that I am here nearly three years, I feel the same frustration. I think Karloff has a very viable point, but as David Hornik writes on the 'treating Arab wounded from Syria' piece, 'one has to be who one is.' Somewhere after the Enlightenment, and no doubt in no small measure because of the complexes we developed in the wake of the serial persecution and serial name-calling, we resolved to be liberals forever.

And then there is the problem that none of us ever agree - so David is the Liberal Zionist, I am a conservative one, Menachem a religious conservative one, you an anti-Zionist Haredi by your description, and so on. We're always working at cross-purposes, that's a fact.
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Survival is a biologic imperative.
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Well, karloff, I will tell you about a friend I had on FB. He is a very right wing Sabra, a guy who loves literature. He likes to post 'old' Hebrew poetry on FB - from the era of the first and second Aliyot (Immigration Waves) to Israel a hundred years ago. My friend Michael writes frequently and in despair that we are a 'people with profound suicidal tendencies' and similar words. While I tend to push away such thoughts, I often think that Michael is right.
42 weeks ago
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Considering that the Israelis have lived with a state of war for more then 65 years one might consider that the founding of the state was an indication of those suicidal tendencies. The Zionists were a new breed of Jew, different from those who later on walked into the gas chambers. Were it not so, Israel would have disappeared into the dustbin of history long ago. And they're a whole lot better off than Detroit,
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I'm not so sure. What neighborhood wars are you referring to?
42 weeks ago
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Years ago I had the displeasure of working with numerous delegates to the United Nations. For them the most important topics were where to get a free lunch or dinner and which escort service provided the prettiest blondes.

Most of the folks who inhabit the United Nations have their first experience with indoor plumbing when they come to New York.

Expecting any kind of thought process from these blood suckers is beyond naive as most of them shop with bags of cash supplied by islamic delegations.

Never was a pervasion of justice as widespread or tolerated. The whole place is a sewer.
42 weeks ago
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I was shared the company of some EU officials for a day. They were out of their home countries and didn't bring their wives. Apparently there are lots of translators and guides who look like 17 year old supermodels, because they all had one or two with them. Considering the place, the translators and guides were probably all spies.

Thankfully my one UN experience was with minor officials who were happy just to have someone pretend to care about what they were saying.
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Edit function, please: "I shared the company...".
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That doesn't excuse Western Europe. As you know, Israel the only country in the world that is not allowed to sit on the Security Council.

"Behold a Nation that dwells alone, and among the Peoples shall not be Considered.

Thank you for confirming what I once learned from a much simpler source, a Nigerian security guard. The UN exists to give cushy jobs in Manhattan to well-connected people from seventh-rate countries. And this is why the Palestine resolution is on Obama's head - you think they want to live in Zurich? If the US wants something badly enough in the GA, it can get it.
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This system actually censored r--i-n-k-y-d-i-n-k!
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They weren't born to walk on water
They weren't born to sack and slaughter
But on their soul, they weren't born
To stoop and knuckle under
They can again learn to steal some thunder
They can again learn to work some wonder
And when the gauntlet's down,
It's time to rise and climb the sky
And soon the moon will smoulder
And the winds will drive
Yes, Israel grows older but it's soul remains alive
All those tremulous stars still glitter
They will survive
Let their hearts grow colder and as bitter as a falcon in the dive

There was a dream, a dying ember
There was a dream, they may not yet remember
But they will resurrect that dream
Though rivers stream and hills grow steeper
For in the Middle East where life gets cheaper
Oh, here in this Hell the blood runs deeper
And when the final duel is near
They will lift their spear and fly
Piercing into the sky and higher
And the strong will thrive
Yes, the weak will cower while the fittest will survive
If they wait for the darkest hour
Till they spring alive
Then with claws of molten fire, they will devour like a falcon in the dive!
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No, we were born to walk THROUGH water. :-)

The country I live in is a wonderful gift from the God of Israel to His people, but it isn't the dream. It is instructive to remember that the original refrain of Inber's song, "the hope" was simply "to return to the land of our fathers", not "to be a free nation in our land", although, as it turned out, the former proved impossible without the latter. But this isn't what our ancsestors died for.
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