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Thursday, September 24, 2009

Netanyahu at the UN

Compare and contrast Barack Obama's mealy-mouthed speech to the assembled crackpots and despots at the UN yesterday to Benjamin Netanyahu's fire and brimstone address today (full text here):
Yesterday, the man who calls the Holocaust a lie spoke from this podium. To those who refused to come here and to those who left this room in protest, I commend you. You stood up for moral clarity and you brought honor to your countries.

But 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?

A mere six decades after the Holocaust, you give legitimacy to a man who denies that the murder of six million Jews took place and pledges to wipe out the Jewish state.

What a disgrace! What a mockery of the charter of the United Nations! Perhaps some of you think that this man and his odious regime threaten only the Jews. You're wrong.

History has shown us time and again that what starts with attacks on the Jews eventually ends up engulfing many others.

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Delegates of the United Nations, will you accept this farce?

Because if you do, the United Nations would revert to its darkest days, when the worst violators of human rights sat in judgment against the law-abiding democracies, when Zionism was equated with racism and when an automatic majority could declare that the earth is flat.

If this body does not reject this report, it would send a message to terrorists everywhere: Terror pays; if you launch your attacks from densely populated areas, you will win immunity. And in condemning Israel, this body would also deal a mortal blow to peace.

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Over seventy years ago, Winston Churchill lamented what he called the "confirmed unteachability of mankind," the unfortunate habit of civilized societies to sleep until danger nearly overtakes them.

Churchill bemoaned what he called the "want of foresight, the unwillingness to act when action will be simple and effective, the lack of clear thinking, the confusion of counsel until emergency comes, until self-preservation strikes its jarring gong."

I speak here today in the hope that Churchill's assessment of the "unteachibility of mankind" is for once proven wrong.

I speak here today in the hope that we can learn from history -- that we can prevent danger in time.

In the spirit of the timeless words spoken to Joshua over 3,000 years ago, let us be strong and of good courage. Let us confront this peril, secure our future and, God willing, forge an enduring peace for generations to come.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Absolutely stunning.What a speech!Now that my friends is a leader who hasnt forgotten his people.That is a leader who will defend his countrymen to his last breath.Thats a leader that i can easily look up to.

Joshua

Anonymous said...

A Daniel come to judgment! yea, a Daniel!

Ted Betts said...

Great speech.

And interesting to compare it to Obama's indeed on the environment. A lot of hot air. Especially today with nuclear disarmament. Are we back to the 70's now.

And let's compare it to Harper's speech on... oh, wait. He skipped out on the chance to actually say anything about anything.

L said...

This speech was amazing. The 21st C. vs. the 9th. The UN backing down since 1975 on it's 1948 decision.