by SamHenry, editor
The Arab Leader in Classic Equestrian Pose
Chapter I: Muammar a-lGaddafi
It’s difficult to find pictures on the internet of the incredibly handsome, youthful Muammar al-Gaddafi that caused the hearts of half the globe’s women stop. VANITY FAIR recently described the 60 year old Libyan leader as ” simply the most unabashed dresser on the world stage.” http://www.vanityfair.com/politics/features/2009/08/qaddafi-slideshow200908#slide=2.
But this is also the mastermind who helped bring down Pan AM flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland and who flew in the face of the west over Middle East policy for decades. A US missile trained at his tent killed one of is sons – payback.
Now is Libya’s moment on the world stage; now is their turn to head the UN General Assembly. Weekend headquarters for this ministry? The Libyan Mission in NYC. A tent pitched just outside New York in a swank neighborhood was for “publicity” and meetings.
This Arab socialist who consorts as easily with Putin as with our current President, Gaddafi rambled on for over an hour an a half before the body to an audience whose members decreased with each passing minute. But the rambling content was informative. This is a very sly socialist fox. His re-write of history was typical of an aging leader who seeks to impart his life-long philosophy to his target audience the youth of the world – one of whom was our own leader. His speech was also amply peppered with praise for our new leader whom he views as a fellow socialist and American’s last great hope. He sees ahead to the US without Obama and worries that that time will see America back sliding into a pre-Obama state.
He looks back and says directly to Europeans that they were the ones to burn and kill Jews in recent times; Romans in ancient days. And who was there to accept and protect them in each instance? The Arabs and they stand ready to do it again.
Calling the Security Council the “Terror Council,” he will have the support of many third world and other countries with his view that the body as a whole should oversee the issues that come before it; that it should be moved out of New York for reasons not the least of which were confining measures prompted by security concerns. Security aside, weak attempts were made to keep Obama and Gaddafi’s paths from crossing.
Chapter II – Barack Obama
Although First to speak, the President placed the US anything but first in the world. He continued his policy of diminishing the US as a world leader. He stepped back from the view of the US as moving unilaterally on the world stage. The US would be an “equal partner.” He then launched into an overview of the accomplishments of his administration in changing the course of US policy – domestic and foreign. It amounted to reaching out to other socialists countries in the world.
Ben Feller, AP reporter filed this report o his address:
UNITED NATIONS – In a blunt challenge to his nation’s critics,on Wednesday exhorted world leaders who once accused the United States of acting alone to now join with him in solving global crises rather than wait for America to do it on its own.
In his first address to the U.N. General Assembly, Obama sought to set a new tone in U.S. relations, moving away from the unilateralism of his predecessor, George W. Bush. He coupled conciliatory words about a “new era of engagement” with a summons for other nations to shoulder more of the burden.
“Those who used to chastise America for acting alone in the world cannot now stand by and wait for America to solve the world’s problems alone,” Obama said.
“Now is the time for all of us to take our share of responsibility for a global response to global challenges.”
Obama said past policies and a perception of unilateralism by the United States had fed “an almost reflexive anti-Americanism” that too often was used as an excuse for inaction.
“The time has come for the world to move in a new direction,” Obama said before a U.N. chamber packed with more than 100 of his global counterparts.
The president offered a litany of policy changes and actions his administration had undertaken during his first nine months in office, with the overarching message that the United States has no interest in a go-it-alone stance and instead wants to act as an equal partner with others on the world stage.
“In an era where our destiny is shared, power is no longer a zero-sum game,” Obama said. “No world order that elevates one nation or group of people over another will succeed.”
Obama received hearty applause when he entered the room, from even the likes of Libyan leader Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad did not join in the applause., and his address was interrupted several times by polite applause.
With a change in the tenor and tone of the US under the Obama administration is it any wonder that Japan’s new Prime Minister, Yukio Hatoyama, no friend to Washington, has determined that his government will be less focused on Washington in formulating international policy. Loss of ground in the international community is very difficult to rebuild. President Obama’s damage may be permanent.