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Netanyahu to UN: “Have You No Shame?”

September 25, 2009


Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu minced no words yesterday when he told the UN General Assembly that it must stop accommodating “the forces of terror.” And he properly scolded those who had remained in the room to hear the Holocaust-denying Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s “anti-Semitic rants” the day before.   To make his point and demonstrate what a lying fool Ahmadinejad is, the Israeli prime minister held up, before the world organization, original copies of Nazi plans for the Holocaust.   And he declared:

“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?”

Netanyahu, whose speech deserved to be shown in full on the cable networks, said what President Obama should have said in his speech to the General Assembly. Netanyahu pointed out how the Iranian regime is fueled by extreme fundamentalism with which rational discourse is impossible.  It is this Islamic fanaticism, evident not only in Iran but in other parts of the Islamic world, that “has callously slaughtered Moslems and Christians, Jews and Hindus and many others.” And Netanyahu emphasized that we are facing a barbaric force that threatens our civilization via “the marriage between religious fanaticism and the weapons of mass destruction.”

While Obama said that the United States intends to re-engage fully with the United Nations and make amends for its alleged “unilateralism” of the past eight years, Netanyahu questioned the UN’s moral legitimacy.  “Ladies and Gentlemen,” the prime minister told the General Assembly, “the jury is still out on the United Nations”.

I think that Netanyahu was actually being too kind. The proper verdict on the UN — especially the General Assembly, the Human Rights Council (whose membership is replete with human-rights abusers) and the many bloated, unaccountable bureaucratic agencies — is that it is hopelessly dysfunctional and devoid of any real moral authority.

The skepticism towards the UN shown by George W. Bush and former UN ambassador John Bolton was well-placed. The naive embrace of the UN by President Obama and our current UN ambassador, Susan Rice, is counter-productive and downright dangerous.

  1. carterthewriter permalink
    September 25, 2009 8:54 am

    I will answer that question: “Apparently, not.”

    There is no shame within any branch considering the present crop of nacissitic loons elected to represent…what?…who?…why?

  2. Swemson permalink
    September 25, 2009 11:03 am

    East 45th Street, on the river-front in Manhattan, would be such a lovely spot for a big luxury apartment complex !

  3. LanceThruster permalink
    September 25, 2009 11:08 am

    Seems this thread requires gatekeeping.

    • September 25, 2009 11:17 am

      Gatekeeping? How so?

      • LanceThruster permalink
        September 25, 2009 11:34 am

        I tried to post the same link but with excerpts twice and they disappeared. Not even the message about awaiting approval by a moderator that a previous comment elsewhere got.

        My apologies if I am mistaken but even here, it’s only happened in the threads regarding Israel.

        • Joseph Cottrell permalink
          September 26, 2009 4:15 am

          So – it’s all just a big Zionist plot against you, right?

  4. LanceThruster permalink
    September 25, 2009 11:09 am

    See: What Did Ahmadinejad Really Say?

    • In the know permalink
      September 25, 2009 2:24 pm

      Wow! What an elightening link. Akhma-nutjobs own words as they appeared on his official website. Seriously? You beleive that. That explains everything.

      • LanceThruster permalink
        September 25, 2009 2:52 pm

        Here’s the money quote from the Robert parry’s Smirking Chimp peice:

        As tensions with Iran mount, it is easy for U.S. news organizations to cast aside journalistic principles in favor of looking tough and patriotic. In a similar context, when America’s top enemy was Iraq’s dictator Saddam Hussein, the Times and other major U.S. news outlets helped whip up a war fever and contributed to a political climate that equated questioning U.S. government claims with a lack of patriotism and even sympathy for Hussein.

        The chief consequence of that violation of journalistic standards was an aggressive war that has left more than 4,300 U.S. soldiers dead along with estimates of hundreds of thousands of dead Iraqis.

        And here is a point from Ahmadinejad that is hard to argue with:

        “the occupation of Palestine has nothing to do with the Holocaust.”

        Palestinians pay the brunt of the Western world savaging the Jewish people so horrifically. Though I have seen some talk about some mufti in league with the Nazis as reason enough to hold Palestinians collectively responsible for the crimes of National Socilaism, that also ignores Zionsist dealings with the Nazis (see: 51 Documents: Zionist Collaboration with the Nazis by LENNI BRENNER – )

        “Brenner is able to cite numerous cases where Zionists collaborated with anti-Semitic regimes, including Hitler’s.”

        So go ahead and make your case against Ahmadinejad, just do it using his actual words and not an interpretation that mischaracterizes them.

  5. jbtrevor permalink
    September 25, 2009 12:37 pm

    gotta love this:

    “Perhaps some of you think that this man and his odious regime, perhaps they threaten only the Jews. Well, if you think that, you’re wrong. You’re dead wrong,” he said. (Netanyahu)

    I wonder if he was talking about Ahmadinejad or Obama?


    • ElSe permalink
      September 25, 2009 1:40 pm


  6. Pierre permalink
    September 26, 2009 6:20 am

    Herr Lance Thruster doesn’t desserve any answer.
    He’s only an agent narcissistic provocateur , playing with us “YO-Yo” !
    Don’t waste your time, replying to that kind of antisemitic agitator.

    • September 26, 2009 5:22 pm

      israeli priminister is right. Islamic terrorists continue to commit their terrorist acts with out shame, fear, remorse or guilt. Killing is their game. Wiping out freedom loving, democratic Israel is their goal. Several UN member states willingly collude with Islamic fascists to promote islamic terrorism in the name of tolerance.Tolerating intolerant people and intolerant Islam without shame is not a positive virtue. It is pathology.
      Babu Suseelan

  7. Joseph White permalink
    September 26, 2009 8:37 am

    I applaud Netanyahu on his words, and sincerely believe this man would make a better president than Obama ever would. Is there any way we can trade Obama to the middle east for more oil?

    I am so disappointed in our current administration for their treatment towards Israel and their sovereignty. I certainly wouldn’t stop Israel from going after the nuclear facility in Iran. They have a singular instinct for survival that we seem to have lost. Maybe it’s time that we take a cue from them and look to our own survival, and forget what the rest of the world thinks.

  8. MaryAnn permalink
    September 26, 2009 8:55 am

    I had the same thought while listening to Netanyahu speak. It was the speech Obama should have given.

  9. Cate permalink
    September 26, 2009 9:22 am

    Fabulous speech to the UN, but I agree that he was being “too kind”. I am glad he had a copy of the document from Germany from the conference in 1942. The only way is to keep speaking the truth over and over.

    • Esteban Cafe, World permalink
      September 26, 2009 12:28 pm

      “Speak truth over and over”? I do not think Iran is listening. There is a disconnect from relality that the West does not seem to understand, so we say things like that. It would mean something to you; it means nothing to them.

      For example, in your Bible there is a passage about a father who asks his 2 sons to go work in the fields. The first one say’s “No way” but relents, repents and goes and does as his father asks. The second one say’s “Yes sir!” but does not go. In the West, the first son is the ‘good son’ because he does what is asked and his repentence is acceptable. In the Islamic world, the second son is the good one because he did not dishonor his father to his face–regardless that he accomplished nothing. It does not matter that nothing was accomplished. And thus a major difference in values and culture and progress. Side bar: multiculturalism would say that both cultures are of the same value. What do you think?

      Mr. Swindle, maybe time to publish more articles in the West that help people understand and appreciate the differences in the cultures.

      • Joseph Klein permalink
        September 26, 2009 1:53 pm

        Esteban Cafe, World: “It does not matter that nothing was accomplished. And thus a major difference in values and culture and progress. Side bar: multiculturalism would say that both cultures are of the same value. What do you think?”

        I will tell you what I think. The answer is that deception, misogynism, repression and negation of the value of life, which lie at the core of the belief system that animates the Iranian regime and like-minded Islamic fundamentalists,is of no value at all. As Netanyahu said, “the struggle against this fanaticism does not pit faith nor civilization against civiliztion. It pits civilization against barbarism, the 21st century against the 9th century, those who sanctify life against those who glorify death”.

  10. Victor ReichmanL permalink
    September 26, 2009 2:21 pm

    I wish that every high school history student got a full text of Netanyanu’s speech. It was classic. Not only did it show that the U.N.’s outlived it usefullness, but how hypocritical and false it is. Additionally, he showed the Jews’ historical roots to Israel to counter those who feel that Israel is a result only of the Holocaust. To bad our leaders can’t tell it like it is instead of pandering to the Muslims and the far left with apologies. I do wish that he would have stated that more than 1.2 million Arabs are Israeli citizens, and the world has a problem with 300,000 Jews living amongst the Arabs.

  11. Michaelle Maloney permalink
    September 26, 2009 6:19 pm

    Benjamin should be the leader of the free world because he doesn’t have his head in the sand. Wheres Obama? Sleeping?

    • September 29, 2009 1:59 am

      I adore you Bibi!

  12. Michaelle Maloney permalink
    September 26, 2009 6:20 pm

    How can a demon country club have any shame?

  13. Jack Hampton permalink
    September 27, 2009 5:12 am

    Mr. Thruster is an apperition from the past that keeps poping up first seen around 1939 through 1945. I keep waiting to hear him use the phrase “World Jewery” and how they control all the banks! and of course they stole an non existent country Palistine a word mistakenly used by an ancient roman emperor who meant Philistine for people that are really from Jordan. Or the old lie the evil Jooos are harvesting the body parts of the poor people they murder. OH and “They killed Jesus” wait for it it’s coming. Amadinnerjacket is the center of gravity of evil in this world I believe that reveals something to us about Mr. Thruster. Jesus Wept.

  14. Bill Whitfield permalink
    September 28, 2009 11:49 pm

    Obama’s attitude toward Israel and the rest of America’s allies is disgusting! Obama, himself, is becoming more and more disgusting by his embracing of America’s and the Worlds enemies. Israel is the only friend America has in the mideast and should nurse and nurish that relationship, but instead, Obama, with his nieve and idiotic moves is destroying what credibility America still has. Obama is America’s greatest enemy!

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