[OPINION] President Trump’s UN Speech Defining Moment; Treats the World’s Enemies like Enemies

President Donald Trump speaks during the 72nd session of the U.N. General Assembly — September 19, 2017. (Mary Altaffer / AP)

The member states of the United Nations and their representatives in New York sat uncomfortably through President Trump’s inaugural speech to the world body.

The vast majority of the membership of the United Nations has no love for America, justice or for saving mankind from its greatest desire — to exterminate itself.

The United Nations has been the forum where American president wax eloquent about democracy and world order, peace and great efforts at improving the conditions of man on this earth.

President Trump’s speech before the United Nations was a wake up call for the world body.

His speech was resplendent with his identification of the problems facing the world — and therefor the world body — today.

Islamic terrorism, Iran’s terrorist intentions in its expanding Middle Eastern role in Yemen and elsewhere and of its desire to destroy Israel, Syria’s slaughter of its own people, and North Korea’s determination to build atomic bombs and intercontinental ballistic missiles against the will of the United Nations but without consequence as the North Koreans, like so many others, pay no heed to the United Nations.

The president railed against Venezuela’s socialist government starving its people into submission — something the United Nations has not heard in the General assembly for the past eight years.

On Iran: “We cannot let a murderous regime continue these destabilizing activities [in Lebanon, Syria, and Yemen] while building dangerous missiles. And we cannot abide by an agreement if it provides cover for the eventual construction of a nuclear program . . . Oppressive regimes cannot endure forever. The day will come when the people will face a choice: Will they continue down the path of poverty, bloodshed, and terror? Or will the Iranian people return to the nation’s proud roots as a center of civilization, culture, and wealth, where their people can be happy and prosperous?”

On socialism in Venezuela and beyond: “The problem in Venezuela isn’t that socialism has been poorly implemented, but that socialism has been faithfully implemented. From the Soviet Union to Cuba, to Venezuela; wherever true socialism or communism has been adopted, it has delivered anguish and devastation and failure. Those who preach the tenets of these discredited ideologies only contribute to the continued suffering of the people who live under these cruel systems.” 

 On U.N. reform: “Too often, the focus of this organization has not been on results, but on bureaucracy and process. In some cases, states that seek to subvert this institution’s noble ends have hijacked the very systems that are supposed to advance them. For example, it is a massive source of embarrassment to the United Nations that some governments with egregious human rights records sit on the U.N. Human Rights Council.”

On the threat from revanchist regimes in Moscow and Beijing: “We must reject threats to sovereignty, from the Ukraine to the South China Sea.”

The president’s speech was a tour de force for the first year leader. It was his magnum opus — well delivered, sensible, perhaps a bit too honest and unadorned to be fully appreciated by the dozens of ambassadors seated in the General Assembly from around the world for whom America is the Great Satan, not Iran or North Korea or ISIS or Islamic terrorism.

His failure to not mention climate change to the world body can be forgiven in this instance.

Global warming at this moment given what can be done to save ourselves permanently on the planet took a back seat to the manufacture of hydrogen bombs by the North Koreans and their promise to nuclear bomb the United State, Guam, Japan and / or South Korea is and when they want.

Those are critical issues the United Nations should get together on — that and the Syrian slaughter of 600,000 of their people and exile of another 6 million and on and on and on.

These are outrages long overdue for action by the world body.

 

 

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