One Jerusalem has video of the tens of thousands of Ahmadinejad protestors at the United Nations.
While the Bush Administration has rightly not commented on Hugo Chavez’s absurd speech at the United Nations yesterday, Democrats are beginning to.
Charlie Rangel, a man I disagree with 99.9% of the time on domestic politics, tells it like it is:
AN ATTACK ON BUSH IS AN ATTACK ON ALL AMERICANS… ‘You do not come into my country, my congressional district, and you do not condemn my president. If there is any criticism of President Bush, it should be restricted to Americans, whether they voted for him or not. I just want to make it abundantly clear to Hugo Chavez or any other president, do not come to the United States and think because we have problems with our president that any foreigner can come to our country and not think that Americans do not feel offended when you offend our Chief of State’…
Good for Rep. Rangel.
Even Nancy Pelosi is getting involved, calling Chavez “a thug.”
That is what the United Nations has become:
UNITED NATIONS - Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez took his verbal battle with the United States to the floor of the U.N. General Assembly on Wednesday, calling“the devil.”
“The devil came here yesterday,” Chavez said. “He came here talking as if he were the owner of the world.”
Bill Frist launches Blogging for Bolton. It sure would be great if the conservative blogosphere could mobilize behind Bolton in the way they did the Coburn/Obama bill to make something happen.
An email from the Hill:
On the floor just now, Senator Dodd stated that former U.S. Ambassadors had recently sent a letter to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to express opposition to John Bolton’s nomination to be the Permanent Representative of the United States to the United Nations, and then asked, “What more do we need to hear?”
To make this record complete, it should be noted that five past Secretaries of State, three Secretaries of Defense, and over sixty former U.S. Ambassadors have sent letters of endorsement of the nomination to the Committee. Secretaries of State James Baker, Lawrence Eagleburger, Al Haig, Henry Kissinger, and George Schultz, as well as Secretaries of Defense Frank Carlucci, James Schlesinger, and Caspar Weinberger, have all endorsed Ambassador Bolton’s nomination. Again, more than sixty former U.S. Ambassadors have endorsed his nomination.
Andrew at All These Things explains how the normally ineffectual and all too often useless United Nations Security Council actually got one right this week by voting 12-0 in favor of a resolution installing a peacekeeping force in Sudan to end the government’s genocidal activities against poor farmers in the Darfur region (unfortunately, the force looks like it will be rendered ineffectual). The post goes on to note the great shame of the Muslim world:
Perhaps the greatest shame is the stunning silence of the entire Islamic world. Did I not mention that the Darfuris suffering from the genocide are virtually all Muslim? Yet not one Muslim government has raised a voice in protest — let alone lent a hand in help. Even more contemptible, the three nations who abstained from today’s vote were autocratic Russia, communist China, and feeble Qatar, acting on behalf of the entire Arab League. Why? Because the Sudanese Government in Khartoum is largely headed by Arab Muslims, and Muslim governments across the globe are pathetically reluctant to criticize one of their own. Even when the government in question is responsible for the deaths of hundreds of thousands of Muslims, whose only “fault” happens to be that they are poor, vulnerable, and African. Meanwhile, the United States and the United Kingdom, so often criticized in the Muslim world for being “anti-Muslim” because we oppose jihadist terrorism, are also the two governments who have led the effort to save Muslim lives in Darfur. This is the Muslim world’s opportunity to stand up and show principle and moral clarity. Instead, too many Muslim governments are sitting down — or standing in the way.
Iran, as expected, will continue their nuclear program:
Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Monday that Tehran will continue to pursue nuclear technology, despite a U.N. Security Council deadline to suspend uranium enrichment by the end of the month or face the threat of economic and diplomatic sanctions.
“The Islamic Republic of Iran has made its own decision and in the nuclear case, God willing, with patience and power, will continue its path,” Khamenei was quoted as saying by state television.
With what ineffectual and entirely laughable resolution will the UN respond?
Jacques Chirac and his countrymen appear completely committed to proving the wisdom of Groundskeeper Willie, who once referred to the French as “cheese-eating surrender monkeys.”
Ed Morrissey explains:
After insisting on a cease-fire in Lebanon and demanding international action to separate the combatants, the French have performed one of their traditional about-faces and refused to substantially contribute to the effort. Efforts to create a strong international force to support the Lebanese Army centered on commitments by the French of up to 5,000 troops. Now the Chirac government says they could scrape up maybe 200, if they’re not too busy on their August vacations…
Somebody at our State Department needs to get on the ball. This is truly disheartening news:
In June 2006, the Turkish media reported on two recent surveys, by Pew and by Princeton Survey Research Associates. The Pew study, which was conducted in 15 countries between March 31 and May 14, 2006, found significant erosion of positive feelings towards the U.S. among the Turkish people. The Princeton study showed that most Turks have negative feelings towards Jews and Christians - more than in other Muslim countries and Arab countries - and that most do not believe in democracy, despite the common belief that Turkey is the most democratic country in the Muslim world.
The secular mainstream daily Hurriyet reported that thesurvey results showed anti-Americanism on the rise among Turks. While Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was chosen by 25% of respondents as the most trusted leader, President George W. Bush came last, with only 3%.
This report also lists some very alarming excerpts from Turkish media outlets, including:
OIC Sec-Gen Ihsanoglu: Israel is Committing “State Terror,” “A Crime against Humanity, and a War Crime”
Turkish MPs: “Israel is Inflicting the Pain of the Holocaust on Innocent People”
AKP MP: “Israel is Carrying Out Jihad”; “Turkey Could Be Next”
Read the rest of this MEMRI report here.