NETANYAHU: "Have you no shame? Have you no decency?"

Peter Cresswell's picture
Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Thu, 2009-10-01 23:36

For two weeks we've heard and seen all sorts of fatuous bullshit emanating from the United Nations Building in New York, yet if the bullshit itself wasn't enough to turn your stomach -- much of it emanating from dictators and thugs for whom enslaving their own people is the normal order of their day -- then just this week we've seen why the whole United Nations project is a threat to peace and to the whole western world: because the United Nations talks peace but rewards violence, just as any body replete with the world’s biggest thugs would have to do.

It talks peace but rewards violence -- and as any parent can tell you, it doesn't matter what you say to a bully, what matters is what you do. Bullies don’t care about fine words, what they understand is fighting back.

So what happened overnight? I'll answer that in a moment, but first let's go back a couple of days - and I do that because the story I’m going to help recount shows the whole failure of the UN in microcosm.

A couple of days ago, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stared the gathered UN delegates in the face, and asked them a challenging question: "Have you no shame? Have you no decency?" (I posted a link to that speech, a great speech, in my Monday morning ramble. And I’ll post it here again just because it’s so damn good.)

"Have you no shame? Have you no decency?" He asked that question, he had to ask that question, because at that same podium just the day before the UN played host to a dictator who’d just stolen an election and killed his own people who protested at the theft, a man who used the lion’s share of his own time at the podium to deny the murder of six million human beings at the hands of the Nazis -- and with a few noble exceptions who walked out (which I’m happy to say included NZ’s delegation), the delegates sat there in that hall and lapped up all the hatred. 

The man was Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, and he’s now working on a nuclear programme.

A nuclear programme Mahmoud himself has indicated could be used to wipe out many of the surviving descendants of those the Nazis murdered – to wipe them off the map.

A nuclear programme initiated by a regime that that jails bloggers for "insulting" the regime and leaves them to die in prison; stones homosexuals to death; that supports, trains and supplies terrorist organisations in Lebanon and Iraq and beyond.

A nuclear programme that the west has treated with denial (what nuclear programme?)and hand-wringing (something should be done! but peacefully!) and now, according to the latest reports, with “sanctions” -- which Team Obama says will dissuade Tehran from getting a nuke, an announcement that follows hard on the heels of announcing his nuclear-free fantasy world.

Sanctions, you say! Because “sanctions” worked so well to bring down Castro. And Saddam. And to stop North Korea’s nuclear programme. Thugs and dictators who the UN didn’t just do nothing to disarm, but instead gave them a podium from which to preach and resolutions with which to protect them.

"Have you no shame? Have you no decency?"

Netanyahu challenged the delegates to see the Iranian leadership for what it is. He challenged them too over Gaza.

For years, Arab and Middle-Eastern countries have berated Israel for its treatment of Palestinians, but refused entry for Palestinian refugees to their own countries. They prefer to hate Israel rather than help their neighbours – hatred which the UN has supported. And for years, the United Nations has stood by in silence while aggressor after aggressor has attacked Israel, and stood up in condemnation only when Israel has fought back to defend its very life.

The United Nations stood by with its eyes closed while Iran armed Hezbollah guerrillas with rockets, which they poured into Israel from the North over the heads of mute UN observers.

It stood in silence for years as Palestinians smuggled Iranian-supplied rockets into Gaza, and said nothing as Palestinian guerrillas (backed by their government) fired the rockets into Israel from bases located in schools, in hospitals, in mosques, and from the middle of densely packed housing.

And what happened overnight?

Here’s what happened. The United Nations issued a report declaring that in defending itself against these cowardly attacks from Gaza, Israel "committed actions amounting to war crimes, possibly crimes against humanity."

"Have they no shame? Have they no decency?" Have they learned nothing?

The United Nations talks peace but it rewards violence; it talks peace, but plays host to murderous thugs; it talks peace but it rewards aggressors, and condemns those who act in self-defence.

No wonder the world is drowning in a sea of blood. Moral equivalence, the ethic on which the UN is based, rewards force used in aggression and condemns force used in self-defence.

Moral equivalence is immoral disarmament.

No wonder the aggressors are smiling.


Why can Israel protect ts borders but not US?

Jason's picture

I notice Objectivists are almost universally pro-Israel, right down to supporting politicians who argue for a Jewish only state and restricting immigration. Netanyahu has stated that too much ethnic diversity is bad. He is probably correct, but Objectivists ignore those statements by Jewish and Israeli leaders, while arguing for wide open borders for my country, the US. Over and over I see Jewish activists, and sometimes they are Objectivists, demanding that my country have virtually no border and no restriction on who comes here, while at the same time fully supporting a position that can only be called passionately Zionist and pro-Jewish. I don't wish to argue, but this seems like a fruitful contradiction to investigate.

I assume you all also want Europe wide open, taking in whatever immigrant can make it there. Let me argue from the standpoint of your self-interest: Once Europe is Muslim and America is Hispanic, Israel will have no major supporters in the world.

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has Jewish roots!

Sandi's picture

The Telegraph reports "a photograph of the Iranian president holding up his identity card during elections in March 2008 clearly shows his family has Jewish roots.

A close-up of the document reveals he was previously known as Sabourjian – a Jewish name meaning cloth weaver."

Cloth weaver ha! Bloggers' were right on the button when they nicknamed him
"dinner jacket".

News Report Here

"Sanctions, you say!"

Sandi's picture

Because “sanctions” worked so well to bring down Castro. And Saddam. And to stop North Korea’s nuclear programme."

Also, how could sanctions possibly hurt Iran? China needs oil and like any other country of zero integrity, China doesn't care who it trades with.

Reader's Digest List

Jeff Perren's picture

Or execute women for adultery, or supply arms to jihadists in Iraq, or fund Hamas and Hezbollah, or....

The list of things he doesn't list could fill a book.

This Der Speigel interview offers a revealing portrait of that mindset, yet even with the denials, Iran's Chief Nuclear Negotiator is more honest than Cole.

Jeff, I'm surprised that top

James Heaps-Nelson's picture

Jeff,

I'm surprised that top ten list didn't include that they don't really torture and kill people in Evin Prison either. Cole is unbelievable...

Jim

The Top 10 Things You Didn't Know About Iran

Jeff Perren's picture

Tsk, tsk, tsk Peter. Don't you realize how deluded you are? Juan Cole, Professor of Middle Eastern history at the University of Michigan has proved that. Writing in Salon, he's made it clear that Iran is just deeply misunderstood by puddin' headed yokels like you.

Cole on Iran.

Here's a small taste of the genius that awaits, if only you'll bother to get educated:

Belief: Iran has threatened to attack Israel militarily and to "wipe it off the map."

Reality: No Iranian leader in the executive has threatened an aggressive act of war on Israel, since this would contradict the doctrine of 'no first strike' to which the country has adhered. The Iranian president has explicitly said that Iran is not a threat to any country, including Israel.

Belief: But didn't President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad threaten to "wipe Israel off the map?"

Reality: President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad did quote Ayatollah Khomeini to the effect that "this Occupation regime over Jerusalem must vanish from the page of time" (in rezhim-e eshghalgar-i Qods bayad as safheh-e ruzgar mahv shavad). This was not a pledge to roll tanks and invade or to launch missiles, however. It is the expression of a hope that the regime will collapse, just as the Soviet Union did. It is not a threat to kill anyone at all.

Boy, are you wingnuts ever ignorant. Listen to the really smart people and larn sometin', will ya?

Hear hear

Kasper's picture

Israel should just bomb the fuck out of the Iranian government, its leaders and all it's military positions. It should anihilate every strong hold that could possibly be used to defend Iran - whipe it off the map!

Not sure what the hell it's waiting for. Get a list going which prooves every danger ready and then show it to the media to raise awareness of Iran's threat to western civilization. It should then proceed to have a lovely field day anihilating the threat followed by a lovely cup of good old fashioned English breakast tea in the late afternoon. It could be mid-day, however, there's easy victory and then there's arrogance Eye .

Fantastic piece Peter!

Olivia's picture

For years, Arab and Middle-Eastern countries have berated Israel for its treatment of Palestinians, but refused entry for Palestinian refugees to their own countries. They prefer to hate Israel rather than help their neighbours – hatred which the UN has supported. And for years, the United Nations has stood by in silence while aggressor after aggressor has attacked Israel, and stood up in condemnation only when Israel has fought back to defend its very life.

Ain't that the truth. Disgusting. But I doubt Israel will wait for UN approval to strike Iran's nuke facilities. Netanyahu has said as much. We better prepare for another Anti-Israel counter march here in NZ.

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