the Stench of Sulphur at the UN
Trump’s actions against Iran are working: Israeli Ambassador to the U.N.
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The low-hanging fruit of his address…
‘Trump delivers fascistic tirade at the United Nations’, Bill Van Auken, wsws.org, 26 September 2018, a few outtakes:
“In his speech, Trump reveled in his administration’s repudiation of international institutions, from the UN’s Human Rights Council, from which the US is the first country to withdraw, to the International Criminal Court, which Washington has threatened with sanctions if it attempts to hold US officials responsible for war crimes, to the UN global compact on migration, which cuts across the Trump administration’s systematic persecution of immigrants and refugees.”
“In his own address to the UN General Assembly, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani charged that Washington is waging “a form of economic terrorism” against Iran and is pursuing a foreign policy based upon the principle that “might makes right,” leading to a practice of “bullying and imposition.”
Rouhani rejected overtures from Washington for talks aimed at renegotiating the Iranian nuclear accord. “It is ironic that the US government does not even conceal its plan for overthrowing the same government it invites to talks!” he said.
Trump also singled out Syria for denunciation, reiterating US threats of military intervention in response to the use of chemical weapons—an invitation to Western-backed Islamist militias to stage such an incident—while reiterating Washington’s demand for regime-change.
The US president reaffirmed the centuries-old Monroe Doctrine used to assert US hegemony over Latin America, declaring that “we reject the interference of foreign nations in this hemisphere and in our own affairs.” The reference was clearly to growing Chinese investment and trade in the region. He also reiterated Washington’s aim of regime-change in Venezuela, which, his administration has repeatedly made clear, does not exclude direct US military intervention.”
“The US, he said, was the largest donor of foreign aid, but “few give anything to us.” From now on, he said, Washington would provide aid only to those countries that upheld US interests.
This portrayal of the US as the victim of the world was combined with the promotion of a kind of volkisch nationalism, which was the thread that ran throughout Trump’s address, recalling nothing so much as the rhetoric of Hitler and Mussolini in the 1930s:
“Inside everyone in this great chamber today, and everyone listening all around the globe, there is the heart of a patriot that feels the same powerful love for your nation, the same intense loyalty to your homeland. The passion that burns in the hearts of patriots and the souls of nations has inspired reform and revolution, sacrifice and selflessness, scientific breakthroughs and magnificent works of art.
“Our task is not to erase it, but to embrace it, to build with it, to draw on its ancient wisdom and to find within it the will to make our nations greater…” The task, he said, was to “protect our sovereignty” and to “stand for our peoples and their nations.”
Julian Borger’s analysis of the Megalomaniac Bully’s address to the UN GA contains these snippets:
“Kim Jong-un, the world’s most absolute dictator, was awarded the first shoutout, the latest installment in his reward for the spectacular theatre he helped stage at the two leaders’ June summit in Singapore.
Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, who have also cultivated Trump and his immediate family since before he took office, were also lauded for their contributions to the aid funds for Yemen. Their role in the bombing of Yemeni cities and their human rights records at home went unremarked.
The only European ally to merit praise was Poland, whose president, Andrzej Duda, had this month visited Trump at the White House and showered him with praise, even offering to name a future US military base on Polish soil “Fort Trump”.
Trump Chairs the UNSC session, and could someone tell him it’s not pronounced ‘Iz-reeel?’?
Creepily, as in ‘Where’d he go, and why the f?’, ‘Missing in action: Trump leaves UN Security Council he was chairing’, via RT, Sept. 27
“US President Donald Trump left the UN Security Council session he was chairing before it was over, leaving Nikki Haley in charge and sparking speculation about his whereabouts among the press.
Around quarter after noon on Wednesday, after roughly two hours of speeches and declarations, Trump left the Security Council chambers with his security detail, letting his UN envoy Haley take over.
The US president’s departure took place during the speech by Ethiopia’s foreign minister, and after the address of Russian FM Sergey Lavrov. Some members of the press speculated he might have taken a toilet break and would return.”
“Kazakhstan was followed by Sweden, still sans Trump. Haley eventually adjourned the session in her boss’s absence.
There was speculation that Trump might storm out of the UNSC an hour before he actually left, during the speech by Bolivian President Evo Morales.
“In no way is the United States interested in upholding democracy,” Morales said at the end of his remarks. “The United States could not care less about human rights or justice.”
Bellicose Bolton got his chance at a presser, Haley and Pompeo standing beside Their Man: ‘Bolton warns of ‘hell to pay’ if Iran crosses US & allies as Rouhani dares Trump to return to talks’, Sept 25, RT
“Hours after the US and Iranian leaders took aim at each other at the UN General Assembly, US National Security Adviser John Bolton said at an anti-Iran summit that Tehran will have “hell to pay” if it crosses the US or its allies.
“The murderous regime and its supporters will face significant consequences if they do not change their behavior. Let my message today be clear: We are watching, and we will come after you,” Bolton told the so-called United Against Nuclear Iran (UANI) summit in New York.
If you cross us, our allies, or our partners; if you harm our citizens…there will indeed be hell to pay,” Bolton said.
Bolton said the US will be “aggressive and unwavering” when it comes to enforcing sanctions on Iran. He also referenced the European Union’s plan for an Iranian payments channel, accusing Brussels of being strong on rhetoric and weak on follow-through. “We do not intend for our sanctions to be evaded by Europe or anybody else,” he said.
The gathering, also attended by the likes of US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Mossad Director Yossi Cohen, was not without incident. Footage emerged from the conference showing activists of the grassroots movement Code Pink disrupting the event while shouting that Americans “want peace” with Iran.”
In answer to Trump’s speech at the GA:
“Hours later, it was Rouhani’s turn to take to the stage. The Iranian president took aim at the Trump administration, stating that its behavior in international affairs is “authoritarian.”
Rouhani slammed the US for its “illegal” withdrawal of the Iran nuclear deal, while adding that Tehran is pleased with the fact that the rest of the international community did not follow Washington’s lead. “The government of the United States of America, at least the current administration, seems determined to render all international institutions ineffectual,” Rouhani said.”
I’m sure you’ve seen more; please feel free to contribute at will. wsws.org has more today: ‘Washington amplifies war threats against Iran, bullies the world’, Keith Jones , 27 September 2018
— People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) (@Mojahedineng) September 26, 2018
RT @USUN: “We do need to be worried about Iran. And what we have to do is make sure the international community knows that trying to do business with Iran is only helping terrorists.” pic.twitter.com/KcdU2RWdjF
— Nikki Haley (@nikkihaley) September 26, 2018
(cross-posted from Café Babylon)