Friday, September 25, 2009

Weekly News Roundup, September 20-25, 2009

Another week, another Weekly News Roundup. For this week, it's a special Roundup of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York, New York. Let's get to it.

Gaddafi's Speech: Wow, what a doozy! Clocking in at 96 minutes of rambling jibber-jabber, Muammar Gaddafi reminded the UNGA (those who remained in the assembly hall, anyway) that he is still the creme de la creme of nut cases. The money quote vis a vis Israel came when the mad Libyan accused Israel of orchestrating the Kennedy assassination. To wit:

"Jack Ruby, an Israeli, killed Lee Harvey Oswald. Why did this Israeli kill Harvey? Ruby later died mysteriously. The whole world should know that Kennedy wanted to investigate the actions of the Israeli nuclear reactor in Dimona.”
A couple points. Ruby was born in Chicago, and never lived in Israel. He was an American Jew his entire life but never an Israeli. Second, Kennedy and America did send inspectors to Dimona in the 1960s, making Gaddafi's claims absurd.

Elsewhere in the speech, Gaddafi again called for the Israeli Palestinian conflict to be resolved as a one-state solution called 'Isratine.' Keep in mind that this psychobabble went on for 96 minutes. 96 minutes.

Ahmadinejad's Speech: Trying to prove Gaddafi wasn't the only meshugana present at the UNGA, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad did a swell job of coming off as a bona fide deranged lunatic. Canada and Israel boycotted the speech altogether, while the US, French, British, Australian and several other delegations walked out as the diminutive Iranian 'President' took the stage. Outside of the UN, hundreds of Iranians protested Ahmadinejad for stealing the Presidential elections back in June. Inside of the half empty assembly hall, Ahmadinejad railed against the evil 'Zionist regime' that has been occupying Palestine for over 60 years. 60 years, as in even Israel within the 1948 borders is illegitimate. Ahmadinejad also brought up some 'Protocols of the Elders of Zion' paranoia when he raved:

"It is no longer acceptable that a small minority would dominate the politics, economy and culture of major parts of the world by its complicated networks, and establish a new form of slavery, and harm the reputation of other nations, even European nations and the U.S., to attain its racist ambitions.”
This is an obvious reference to the dreaded 'Israel lobby' and its control over world affairs. Walt, Mearsheimer, and Osama bin Laden would be proud.

Netanyahu's Speech, For the Win!: Never fear, Bibi's here and he took the the Iranians and UN to task for illicit nuclear facilities and the Goldstone report, respectively. Holding the original blueprints for Auschwitz, Netanyahu admonished the UNGA:

"Yesterday, the man who calls the Holocaust a lie spoke from this podium. To those who refused to come and to those who left 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?
A mere six decades after the Holocaust, you give legitimacy to a man who denies the murder of 6 million Jews? While promising to wipe out the state of Israel, the state of the Jews? What a disgrace. What a mockery of the charter of the United Nations."
Later in the speech, Bibi indirectly called out the UN's Goldstone Report on Operation Cast Lead for its overtly anti-Israel bias:

"Well, ladies and gentlemen, the jury's still out on the United Nations. And recent signs - recent signs are not encouraging. Rather than condemning the terrorists and their Iranian patrons, some here in the United Nations have condemned their victims.

This is exactly what a recent UN report on Gaza did, falsely equating terrorists with those they targeted. For eight long years Hamas fired rockets - fired those rockets from Gaza on nearby Israeli citizens - and citizens, thousands of missiles, mortars, hurling down from the sky on schools, on homes, shopping centers, bus stops - Years after - year after year as these missiles were deliberately fired on our civilians, not a single - not one UN resolution was passed condemning those criminal attacks. We heard nothing, absolutely nothing, from the UN Human Rights Council - a misnamed institution if there ever was one."

Netanyahu's speech perfectly laid out Israel's case against Iran and Hamas to the international community. Whether or not the international community is receptive is another story. Bibi had to at least attempt to persuade the world that Israel's survival is at stake before taking actions to guarantee it, and he did just that. You can see the speech in its entirety here:

That's it for this week, enjoy Bibi's speech, it really is that good. Have an easy fast, everyone, and enjoy bagels, lox and other delicacies on Monday night!

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