A quick snapshot of yesterdays speeches/activities:
BRAZIL – President Lula started off the head of state speeches. I was most interested in Lula’s comments abut the make-up of the UN Security Council and the need to add more developing countries. It is no secret that Brazil has sought to become a permanent member of the UN Security Council for many years now and it is thought that their willingness to command the UN “peacekeeping” occupation in Haiti was one of the US’ tests to determine if it is worthy. This was reflected in Lula’s recitation of the successes of the Brazil-led occupation in Haiti: peace, security, development and democracy.
If you are familiar with Haiti, especially over the last three or four years, you know that the UN peacekeeping force went into Haiti as a proxy army for the US to prop up the US-selected de facto government that, in concert with the UN peacekeepers, killed and jailed as many Aristide supporters as possible. If Brazil is chosen to be a permanent member of the UN Security Council, we will know that it did the US’ job in Haiti and has the blood on its hands to prove it.
US – It’s almost ridiculous to bother mentioning Bush’s performance yesterday, but his insult to the people and government of Cuba should not go unmentioned, “the long rule of a cruel dictator is nearing its end.” The Cubans got up and walked out. It’s too bad the whole General Assembly didn’t walk out with them since Fidel Castro is one of the most revered leaders throughout the world.
Bush was in such a hurry to get away from the podium that he by-passed the president of the assembly for the customary after-speech handshake. The UN escort had to call Bush back – what a jerk.
NICARAGUA – Thanks goodness for Daniel Ortega. He gave a rousing anti-imperialist presentation.
IRAN – After the previous day’s insulting reception, orchestrated, undoubtedly by AIPAC at Columbia University, President Ahmedinejad remained serene and came to the podium with one issue on his mind: The UN Security Council is monopolized by the US and, if the world expects to achieve peace it should seek alternatives outside the UN system. Ahmedinejad announced the creation of a “Coalition of Peace” and invited other nations to join. He did not give specifics, but it will be interesting to see where this leads.
At the press conference Ahmedinejad held directly after his speech, Zionists made their presence known. Some were legitimate members of the press, some were not. As a friend commented to me, it was much like the Cuban exile community in Miami going after Fidel.
BOLIVIA – President Morales did not make a presentation yesterday, but participated in two events that garnered him many followers and fans. He appeared on John Stewart’s “The Daily Show” last night in which he said he hoped that this millennium would be to focus on “life.” He condemned those countries sending in armies to kill. And, this morning, President Morales appeared on Amy Goodman’s “Democracy Now” program. When asked a question about whether leaders should abide by strict term limits, referring to Fidel and President Chavez, Morales gave a great answer. He said that maybe term limits are not necessarily democratic and that as long as “the people” support the leader, he should remain for as long as he can be effective.