Obama’s UN Cowardice

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The United Nations General Assembly session kicked off today with a speech by President Barack Obama. His central theme was “peace is hard but we know it is possible.”

Before getting to the looming issue of a Palestinian bid for statehood at the United Nations, Obama lauded the Arab Spring. Pointing to Egypt in particular, he said:

One year ago, Egypt had known one President for nearly 30 years. But for 18 days, the eyes of the world were glued to Tahrir Square, where Egyptians from all walks of life — men and women, young and old, Muslim and Christian — demanded their universal rights. We saw in those protesters the moral force of non-violence that has lit the world from Delhi to Warsaw, from Selma to South Africa — and we knew that change had come to Egypt and to the Arab world.

Tell that to CBS correspondent Lara Logan, who was brutally beaten and sexually assaulted by an Egyptian mob during the celebrations in Cairo’s Tahrir Square following the resignation of President Hosni Mubarak. The “President for nearly 30 years,” whom Obama kicked under the bus, had maintained a peace treaty with Israel that is now in serious jeopardy, as mobs of Egyptians have attacked the Israeli embassy, and the ascendant Muslim Brotherhood has told the Egyptian people to prepare for war with Israel.

President Obama had harsh words for Syrian President Assad. “As we meet here today, men and women and children are being tortured, detained and murdered by the Syrian regime,” Obama said. He called upon the UN Security Council to “sanction the Syrian regime, and to stand with the Syrian people.” Then again, the president, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and UN Ambassador Susan Rice have been urging tough UN action against the man they once referred to as a “reformer” for weeks with no success.

At the same time, Obama skirted around the tricky issue of the crackdown on dissidents in Bahrain, where the U.S. maintains its 5th fleet and has other strategic interests, including not offending the Bahraini regime’s friends in Saudi Arabia.

And in one of the most bizarre passages in his speech, President Obama held up developments in Sudan as a positive example for reaching a peaceful resolution to aspirations for self-determination. While it is true that after years of civil war, South Sudan became an independent state, the killing goes on around its borders and in nearby areas that remain under the control of the indicted international war criminal, Sudanese President Omar Hassan Ahmad Al-Bashir. Civilians continue to be murdered in Southern Kordofan and Blue Nile State, as well as in Darfur. Obama’s failure to mention this ongoing tragedy in his speech is inexcusable.

Obama also barely mentioned Iran in his General Assembly speech. Recall that he turned away from the cries of the many thousands of Iranian protesters who filled the streets in 2009 and were being beaten, tortured and thrown into prison. This time Obama weakly admonished the Iranian regime for refusing to recognize the rights of its own people. All he could say about the looming threat to regional and international peace and security posed by Iran’s pursuit of nuclear arms (ever close to being achieved) was that “the Iranian government cannot demonstrate that its program is peaceful” and that it “has not met its obligations.”

In addressing the Palestinian issue, President Obama reminded his audience that one year ago, he had stood at the very same General Assembly podium and called for an independent Palestine to join the UN as a member state a year later. That year is now up. And although he had couched the aspiration of Palestinian UN membership with the caveat that a genuine peace agreement between the Israelis and the Palestinians needed to be reached first, the Palestinian leaders heard the promise and not the preconditions. They have cited Obama’s words as one of the justifications for approaching the UN now for full statehood recognition.

Obama used this year’s speech to remove the ambiguity he had created, compounded by the pressure he has exerted on Israel to freeze its settlements and make more unilateral land concessions to the Palestinians.  He said that “there is no shortcut to the end of a conflict that has endured for decades…Peace will not come through statements and resolutions at the United Nations — if it were that easy, it would have been accomplished by now.”

Knowing that Jewish American voters would be listening, he referred to America’s “unshakable” commitment to Israel’s security and to its enduring friendship:

Let us be honest with ourselves: Israel is surrounded by neighbors that have waged repeated wars against it. Israel’s citizens have been killed by rockets fired at their houses and suicide bombs on their buses. Israel’s children come of age knowing that throughout the region, other children are taught to hate them. Israel, a small country of less than eight million people, look out at a world where leaders of much larger nations threaten to wipe it off of the map. The Jewish people carry the burden of centuries of exile and persecution, and fresh memories of knowing that six million people were killed simply because of who they are. Those are facts. They cannot be denied. The Jewish people have forged a successful state in their historic homeland. Israel deserves recognition. It deserves normal relations with its neighbors.

These are comforting words, but President Obama would have done well to specifically condemn Hamas, which is dedicated to Israel’s destruction. He should have spoken directly to the Palestinian officials sitting in the General Assembly hall, telling them that they will only be ready for statehood when they assume the responsibility of firmly rejecting Hamas as a partner in a new Palestinian government as long as it persists on its violent path towards Israel.  Instead of just referring back to his May 2011 proposal, which would have Israel revert to the pre-1967 lines with unspecified mutual land swaps, Obama should have used this occasion to tell the Palestinians once and for all that any such concessions from Israel are non-starters while the Palestinians persist with their bogus “right of return” claim, which would end up turning pre-1967 Israel into yet another Arab state. He also should have repeated the reference he made two years ago to Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish state. His failure to do so in this speech was a bow to Palestinian President Abbas, who refuses to recognize Israel’s right to retain its Jewish character.

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  • Larry

    Obama's only cowardice in this situation is that he lacks the guts to come straight out with what he believes – That Israel should be destroyed, and if another 6 million or so Jews die in the process, well, that's just too bad..

    • mojo

      Where do you get that? You really should try thinking for yourself.

  • StephenD

    I would love for it to be put to a vote…AMERICA OUT OF THE UN.
    My money says the American people would agree.
    In the least, we should stop giving so much money and let France take on the General Assembly Building responsibility. The USA should provide an Ambassador and the same $$ as the average ONLY.

  • ObamaYoMoma

    It deserves normal relations with its neighbors.

    Where pray tell are non-Muslim states having normal relations with their Islamic neighboring states? Are they severely delusional or what?

    It is the Palestinians’ refusal to deal in good faith with Israel on a basis that will allow Israelis to live in peace in their own Jewish homeland, after having been persecuted in so many countries around the world for so many years, including by Arab states. ,

    As long as you guys keep writing in the false context of the Palestinians, the Arabs, and the peace process pretense as if Islam doesn't even exist, instead of the the context of the Islamic world's genocidal permanent and perpetual jihad of conquest not only being waged against the Jewish infidels (unbelievers) in Israel, but also against Hindu infidels (unbelievers), Buddhist infidels (unbelievers), Christian infidels (unbelievers), Orthodox Christian infidels (unbelievers), atheist infidels (unbelievers), animist infidels (unbelievers), and any and all infidels (unbelievers) in too many places to list, you guys will continue harming the long term interests of Israel and indeed all infidels (unbelievers) around the world.

    Indeed, it's like everyone is playing a game of Kabuki as everyone is posturing and pretending to seek peace, while jihads of conquest are being waged simultaneously elsewhere against many other infidels (unbelievers) besides Israel that are deliberately being ignored. Meanwhile, in the back of everyone's mind, everyone knows that no peace is possible, but nonetheless everyone continues to ignore the 800 pound gorilla in the room at the same time that they also maintain the false pretense. It's both hilarious and sad at the same time.

    • WildJew

      That the author, Israel's prime minister, etc., are playing a game of Kabuki, posturing and pretending to seek peace, should be unsurprising. Most everyone inside and outside Israel have been playing this game for decades. It could prove to be Israel's undoing. If not her undoing, it might conceivably cost thousands of innocent Jewish lives.

    • john gerard

      Islam exists solely to annihilate all non-islamic culture and civilization, wherever it finds it, and replace it with Islam. That's the whole point of it. For the last 1400 years, it has waged a permanent war against the infidels. It's not diffcitult to understand. All other talk is bullsh*t white-noise. There are no nations, no arabs, no so-called 'Palestinians', only Islam, and its believers. No such thing as 'extremists' – only people who are practicing Islam as it was intended. No 'moderates', only people who don't have the stomach to practice Islam as it was intended (as described in the Sira), but contribute to the jihad in other, non-violent ways. You gotta love those 'moderates' who condemn terrorism – but not the aims of the terrorists.

  • muchiboy

    "Tell that to Lara Logan,.."

    The Arab Spring cannot be compared to the (sexual) assault of Lara Logan.Worse has happened to female war correspondents.Being female anywhere is a risk in itself.Look at the former IMF head in NYC.Besides,hopefully the Arab Spring will begin the process of needed change in the Islamic world e.g.human rights,gender equality,religious tolerance,etc..

    "Let us be honest with ourselves: Israel is surrounded by neighbors that have waged repeated wars against it."

    Yes,let us be honest,brutally,by all means:Palestine and the (Arab) Palestinian people has been occupied,colonized and ethnically cleansed by (Zionist) Jews.

    " The Jewish people carry the burden of centuries of exile and persecution, and fresh memories of knowing that six million people were killed simply because of who they are. Those are facts. They cannot be denied."

    The Palestinian people carry the burden of sixty years plus of occupation,ethnic cleansing,exile in the camps,etc.These are the other facts.They cannot be denied.

    "The Jewish people have forged a successful state in their historic homeland. Israel deserves recognition. It deserves normal relations with its neighbors"

    The Palestinian people have forged a nationhood in the camps in and outside their historic homeland.Palestine deserves recognition,as do the Israeli and self imposed sufferings.

    • WildJew

      Why is it that the Jews occupy Muslim land and not Muslims occupying Jewish land?

      • muchiboy

        Of course,the biggest complication here is the occupation and effective (arguable) colonization of Palestine by the Diaspora,mostly European Jews,again,effectively and arguably by ethnic cleansing then and now.Of course, the history of the region,Palestine more so,perhaps,is very complicated indeed,from the time of the dispersals of the Jews from Zion to now,including a continual Jewish presence in Palestine,the Jewish homeland.So,to speak of Jews from the European Diaspora occupying Palestine at the expense of the native Arab Palestinians is more then a little unsettling at best and more then suggests a special case of conventional occupation and colonization as well as ethnic cleansing,considering the reversal in populations of the once majority Arab vs minority Jew in modern Palestine.Clear as mud,eh?muchiboy

        • mrbean

          What a crock of crap. Mr muchiboy you are one of the most uninformed people I have ever read. Read and learn. http://www.masada2000.org/historical.html

          • kafir4life

            You can never expect these things to listen to facts as they've already had their "minds" made up for them.

            allahu snackbar

          • mojo

            That link looks really fair and balanced… probably as fair and balanced as this web site. It might be good to explore other sources of information and see if what your reading is really reality.

            You might try read Al Jazeera for example for a different view—before you run away think about WHY you reject that so resoundingly.

        • WildJew

          I would dispute your charge of "ethnic cleansing" on the part of the Jews. Some Arabs were expelled in the course of the wars of Arab aggression. Many fled in panic or fear or were urged to do so by their leaders. But ethnic cleansing is the history of the world. Assuming you live in North America (even if you don't) what do you make of the ethnic cleansing of the North American continent by white European colonialists, settlers, squatters and the looting / expropriation of American Indian and Mexican land? Why aren't you worked up about that bit of ethnic cleansing? You concede the Jews have had a continuous, uninterrupted presence in Israel (for four thousand years), why do you posit it is the Arabs who are the indigenous people when we know the Arabs conquered "palestine" sometime in the early to mid seventh century CE thousands of years after the Israelites' presence in and kingdoms in the land?

          You speak of the "colonization" of the land of Israel. White Europeans colonized North America – a land which white Europeans had no historic connection. Many lands and peoples have been colonized over the centuries. Arabs (Muslims) came out of Arabia in the seventh century, conquering and colonizing lands from North Africa, through Egypt, Syria, Iraq, to India, Iran, and China. Jews returned en mass to our own tiny God-given piece of land that was illegally occupied and colonized by Arabs who came from Arabia and are squatters in a land to which they have no right. How does one "colonize" ones own land? How can the descendants of Jacob be colonizers in our own land?

          • mojo

            Why is it the Israelis kill 10 palestinians to every Israeli that is killed?

            Yes America wiped out the Native Americans, who still live here. Do Native Americans rub in our face that we ethnically cleansed them from the continent? Do they continuously wage war against the white man killing ten for every native american that is killed? Why is it Israel can't grow up and move on? Oh that's right they are sooo persecuted….

            Why is it the world body is not allowed to investigate the massacre that occurred in Jena? Why is it the Israelis can use cluster bombs in civilian population areas with impunity?

            It's time Israel behaved or was required to behave as other advanced civilized nations.

  • stern

    muchiboy, you're back!

    Why?

    • muchiboy

      Missed you Zionist guys and gals.Besides,need to sharpen my debating skills,I was getting rusty.And maybe learn a thing or two.muchiboy

      • stern

        muchiboy, you learning a thing or two is more than we can hope for. We've tried to educate you, but you are so filled with hatred, it's simply impossible. And here's a tip: the best way to improve your debating skills is to acquaint yourself with the facts. It really helps when you actually know what you're talking about, rather than just parroting some nonsense that you've heard somewhere else and that can easily be disproven.

        • kafir4life

          Facts are the tools of the Jews. muchiboy and his people have no use for them.

          allahu snackbar

      • aspacia

        muchless, you have no rhetorical skills.

    • aspacia

      Don't encourage mucinec

  • stern

    "The Palestinian people have forged a nationhood in the camps in and outside their historic homeland."

    Have you ever bothered to ask yourself why that is the case? Why are the "Palestinian people" kept in camps in Lebanon, Jordan and Syria (and yes, even in so-called "Palestine" itself, in the West Bank)? Don't you think there's something horribly wrong about a people who will keep their own brothers, their own ethnic twins, segregated, separate, apart, purely so that useful idiots like you will see them as victims of Israel, rather than as pawns in the murderous game of anti-Semitism?

    • muchiboy

      The Arab regimes,for all their faults,are not responsible for the occupation and ethnic cleansing of the Palestinian people.This,I consider a red herring on your part.Furthermore,the Arab states have gone to war on behalf of the Palestinians and one only need look at the states bordering Israel to see that these not wealthy ,not politically stable countries have given refuge to these unfortunate victims of war.How many Palestinian war refugees has israel allowed to return?How many Russian,French,Canadian,Ethiopian Jews have you given citizenship to?Exactly."nuff said.muchiboy

      • stern

        Actually, muchiboy, the Arab regimes ARE responsible for the refugee problem. They created it when they attacked the nascent Israel and they had perpetuated it ever since.

        What's more, every refugee population in history has been resettled in the countries to which they fled – except the Palestinians. And the Arab armies went to war on "behalf of the Palestinians"? Surely you jest!! For the Arabs, it was nothing but a land grab. If they were fighting for their "brothers", why did Jordan annex the West Bank? Why did Egypt hold onto the Gaza strip? Why was no Palestinian state created on that land between 1948 and 1967?

        Now let's consider the OTHER Middle East refugees. More than 850,000 Jews were ethnically cleansed – and in this case, that accusation is historically and demonstrably true – from Iraq, Egypt, Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria etc. The vast majority of those were absorbed by … guess who, muchi old boy -… yup, Israel!!!

        So Israel absorbed its refugees (proof: more than half of Israel's Jewish population today consists of so-called "Eastern Jews" – or Sephardic Jews. They did NOT come from Europe, as your preferred propaganda pieces would have you believe. Surprise!). Why should Israel be expected to also absorb the refugees created and perpetuated by the Arab world?

        Your entire argument is bogus, and easily dismantled. I would suggest you take your "debating skills" to The Guardian, where a lack of knowledge as broad as yours is welcome and you will not have to face uncomfortable facts.

  • Linda Rivera

    Gaza has acquired anti-aircraft and anti-tank rockets from rebel-controlled Libya. Every Muslim terrorist organization on earth
    must be REJOICING over the US/FRANCE/NATO/Libyan rebel victory.

    As US/NATO won the war for the rebels, US/NATO is now responsible for removing these rockets from Gaza – rockets that will be fired on Israel’s civilians.

  • Linda Rivera

    STOP THE GENOCIDE!

    The Obama-supported rebels left in charge are now conducting a “large
    scale cleaning in the areas under their control with the extermination
    of all blacks in the capital”, according to The Independent.

    Ruthless genocide of blacks in Libya by US/France/NATO backed Al-Qaeda linked rebels has been going on for months. US/NATO who waged war for months for the Al-Qaeda linked rebels-who murder our troops in Iraq-are RESPONSIBLE for stopping the genocide.

    US/NATO are also responsible for
    rescuing the many terrified blacks kidnapped by the rebels, including the
    kidnapped black children who have been horrendously abused by the
    black-hater Muslim rebels.

    Blacks must have human rights!

    STOP THE GENOCIDE!

    • muchiboy

      Yes,and then stop the persecution and ethnic cleansing of the Palestinian people by Zionist Israel.muchiboy

      • Western Canadian

        Since this persecution and ethnic clensing only exists in the fetid imaginations of jew haters like yourself, the only way it could be stopped would be for you to undergo an intense psyciatric rebuidling of your sad and hate filled mind…..

        I VOTE YES.

  • geez

    Obama hates Israel just like every other Muslim.

    • johnnywoods

      That`s what I`m sayin`.

    • mojo

      Where did you get that Obama is a muslim?

  • Linda Rivera

    America was responsible behind the scenes for the ouster of U.S. ally, moderate Mubarak. Greatly empowering the Muslim Brotherhood, favorites, whom Obama invited to his Cairo speech. Since moderate Mubarak's ouster, predictably, things have become extremely grim for Egypt's Christians. Muslim attacks on Christians, their homes, churches and property have greatly increased. Kidnappings of Christian female children by Muslim males has also increased enormously. G-D help them!

  • Linda Rivera

    Sarkozy, before you demand vulnerable little Israel surrender half her TINY land and half of the eternal, holy Jewish city of Jerusalem to global Islam, first surrender half of France and PARIS to YOUR Muslim immigrants. If you are not willing to surrender France and Paris to colonizing Islam, then don't demand Israel surrender the Jewish Holy Land to Islam.

    Sarkozy proposed that France host a donor conference this fall so that the Palestinians can complete the construction of their future state.

    Not one dollar from America! PA Muslims spat in the faces of America's tax-payers on 9/11. THOUSANDS of INHUMAN PA Muslims celebrated with great joy the suffering and cruel mass slaughter of our cherished 3,000. PA Muslims danced in the streets, passed out candies and fired into the air.

    Not one inch of Jewish land to monsters!

  • Ghostwriter

    Unfortunately,President Obama's acts more like a fool than anything. That's what's gotten him into trouble.

    • kafir4life

      It's NOT an act.

  • Dispozadaburka

    Obama will let Israel think that he is on their side,
    for now,
    until he is re-elected.
    He needs to take over Jerusalem for the Muslims (Saudi's) by December 21, 2012, then and only then
    can Islam rule the world.

  • mrbean

    Our foreign policy is being run by a clandestine muslim Marxist in the oval office and an inept post menopausal hag as the Secretary of State, so a FUBAR cluster f*&k is what we should have expected and for that matter deserve for electing such an incompetent regime.

  • muchiboy

    "Assuming you live in North America (even if you don't) what do you make of the ethnic cleansing of the North American continent by white European colonialists, settlers,.."

    There are gross similarities,obviously,but significant differences,too.I am Canadian,and there are NO first nation people excluded from Canada's borders.The same cannot be said for Israel,where hundreds of thousands of Palestinian refugees are denied "right of return",unlike foreign born Jews,who have a "God given right of return".Canada has a shameful history of colonization and mistreatment of First Nations people,which has been acknowledged by our Prime Minister.We are doing what we can,and we know it is not enough,to integrate the First Nations into Canadian society.
    Israel has a shameful history of occupation and effective ethnic cleansing of the Palestinian people and to this day continues to settle land that would otherwise become Palestinian in a future state.Unlike Canada,and America for that matter,as well as South Africa,Israel remains a Zionist state with a Wall to keep Palestinian refugees out of their homeland effectivly denying them their birth right.Stop throwing stones.muchiboy

    • Western Canadian

      muchiBSboy, you may reside in Canada, but you are not a Canadian. You are uncommonly ignorant, as well as uncommonly hate-filled. Instead of posting your logical inversions (examples? all of your posts), and hate based fantasies, why don’t you revert to the real you, and just post ‘i hate the joo’s’ and leave it at that.

      • stern

        Thank you Western Canadian. I got sucked into arguing with this idiot. He went away for a while and I seem to have forgotten how fixed he is in his hatreds and BS. He will never acknowledge that he might have things inverted. He will never admit that the Jews of the Holy Land have rights too. He has completely swallowed and internalized the lies told by the Palestinians and their fellow travellers. He is, quite simply, a dyed in the wool, born and bred, irredeemable anti-Semite.

        All of which means that he's not worth the electrons it takes to reply to him.

    • aspacia

      Canada is older than Israel, and subdued its aboriginals a long time ago. It will take Israel at least as much time, approximately 150 years.

  • Fray222

    So we need to crush any move towards Arab democracy, because that would be bad for Israel. And why are we supporting Israel in the first place? Oh ya, because its the only democracy in the Middle East.
    The only reason the Israel is the only democracy in the Middle East, is because Israel and its supporters want it that way.