Why am I depressed? Because the United Nations depresses me. In the past two days, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Hugo Chavez both spoke before the United Nations General Assembly, both taking the opportunity to slam President Bush.
Ahmadinejad bashed the US primarily over Iraq and the recent Israel-Hezbollah conflict in Lebanon, and basically called the US Security Council a body that cowtows to large, powerful nations (namely the US) while descriminating against smaller, less powerful nations (Iranian nukes, anyone?). His solution: “the nonaligned movement, the organization of the Islamic conference, and the African continent should each have a representative as a permanent member of the Security Council, with veto privilege.” While this sounds well and good given the context of Ahmadinejad’s speech, this is what he is really saying: give seats to America’s enemies to balance out the Security Council. The “nonaligned movement” is a collection of dictators who met just last week in, of all places, Cuba – basically a new “axis of evil” uniting to oppose the United States. A representative of “the Islamic conference” undoubtedly means giving hard-line Islamofascists a seat at the table. I would agree with having an African representative on the Security Council were it not for the fact that so many African nations today are run by warlords (in many cases Islamofascist warlords), and it would benefit no one but them to give them a Security Council seat.
The end of Ahmadenijad’s speech was where he truly revealed his agenda: he called for the world to be united under monotheism (in other words, Islam), and prayed for the return of the 12th Imam (the Muslim messiah).
Hugo Chavez was muuch more animated, and will get (has already gotten) more press. He started his speech off by recommending to the world, and to US citizens in particular, the latest book by Noam Chomsky, noted American leftist communist US-hating academic…just the kind of person one would expect Chavez to be reading. Then, in the statement that has gotten him the most press, Chavez referred to President Bush as “the devil.” He went on to criticize the United States and Israel for civilian deaths in Lebanon and “American imperialism.”
The reason these speeches depress me so is that here we have two world leaders – one an Islamofascist dictator, and the other a Communist dictator, coming to America to speak on the floor of the United Nations, bashing the United States, and a large segment of the US population agrees with them!
We will likely see the results of these speeches in the next couple of days. If logic, common sense, and the spirit that has made America into the great nation that it is today prevail, the people of America, whether black, white, latin, asian, conservative, liberal, Democrat or Republican will unite to say that enough is enough – we are fighting not only for our freedom, but for the freedom of people across the world, and not only is there no reason that we should stand for such insults, there is no reason that these tinpot dictators should be given the same amount of credibility that a free democracy such as the United States receives on the world stage (and it seems as though, in these cases, the tinpot dictators were granted even more credibility than President Bush).
There is one extremely revealing quote from Ahmadenijad’s speech that should send chills into the hearts of every American: “There is no indication that the occupiers have the necessary political will to eliminate the sources of instability.” What is Ahmadenijad referring to here? The Democratic Party and the anti-war movement. During the Vietnam War, a counter-cultural movement became a cultural movement. And now we are paying the price. Liberals complain that America is not respected on the world stage – we have no credibility, and other nations don’t like us. Well, how about this: a united America would bring that respect back. America would be a credible member of the world community because we wouldn’t have factions within our own nation doing everything they could to impede the progress of our own national security simply due to their own political aspirations. A united America could truly move the world forward to confront the threat of Islamofascism and global Communism. We defeated the Soviet Union, but the Cold War is not over yet…and now, with Communist dictatorships uniting with Islamofascist dictatorships, World War III is standing on our doorstep, just waiting to come in. When it finally does, will we be ready? Only if we stand united as Americans, resolved to face the threat.