Several world leaders delivered speeches, before the the annual meeting of the UNGA (Sept. 24-29). This week (i.e. one post per day) we will comment the speeches of four leaders due to content that caught our attention, for specific reasons.
Today, we'll comment the address of the President of the United States of America for its innovative components.
"No children are born hating, and no children -- anywhere -- should be educated to hate other people. There should be no more tolerance of so-called clerics who call upon people to harm innocents because they’re Jewish, or because they're Christian, or because they're Muslim."
The US, despite the ambiguous stance of the State Department, is attentive to the incitement campaign carried out by Hamas, Fatah and other Islamic groups around the world. President Obama acknowledges that many Islamic leaders are teaching their children to hate the kuffar - which is unacceptable. But he was also sending a message to Christian and Jewish community leaders that engage in such practises as well (be it as a reaction to Islamist activities or not).
"That means cutting off the funding that fuels this hate. It’s time to end the hypocrisy of those who accumulate wealth through the global economy and then siphon funds to those who teach children to tear it down."
Arab nations (e.g. Qatar and Saudi Arabia) that enriched themselves due to our thirst for energy, should not bite the hand that feeds them - by sponsoring global terror. They will no longer be able to buy their way out of crises.
"It is time to acknowledge the destruction wrought by proxy wars and terror campaigns between Sunni and Shia across the Middle East. (..) So let’s be clear: This is a fight that no one is winning."
Iran (through Hezbollah and Islamic Jihad), Saudis and Qataris (through Al-Nusra, Ahrar al-Sham, Hamas, Fatah, Taliban etc) have given birth to monsters that have turned against Muslims all over the world. Their plan didn't work: America and Israel have not been destroyed. Time to revert such plans for the sake of Muslims in the ME and worldwide.
"Understand, the situation in Iraq and Syria and Libya should cure anybody of the illusion that the Arab-Israeli conflict is the main source of problems in the region. For far too long, that's been used as an excuse to distract people from problems at home. The violence engulfing the region today has made too many Israelis ready to abandon the hard work of peace."
Finally, a world leader has the fortitude to see and say the obvious: the Arab-Israeli conflict is not the origin of the destabilisation in the Middle East.
Note how POTUS did not say "Palestinian-Israeli conflict" but "Arab-Israeli conflict" - President Obama finally admitted that the whole Arab World has been sponsoring that conflict for over 65 years in order to destroy the only Jewish State in the world. Pres. Obama is re-affirming the US support to Israel and stating a near-future change in American policy regarding how it deals with Israel and its neighbours.
"So long as I am President, we will stand up for the principle that Israelis, Palestinians, the region and the world will be more just and more safe with two states living side by side, in peace and security."
President Obama is telling the Arab nations that it's time for them to put their money where their mouth is and encourage "Palestine" to take whichever offer is coming their way. (NB: the president said "side by side" which suggests that he may be ready to divert from the plan laid out by him in the MENA Speech, on the 19th of May 2011 "We believe the borders of Israel and Palestine should be based on the 1967 lines with mutually agreed swaps, so that secure and recognized borders are established for both states." - could he be acknowledging the Egyptian offer [i.e. the Sinai Option]?).
In sum: POTUS' address was worthy of a world leader. He addressed all the issues that afflict our globe today - ISIL/IS, the Ukrainian crisis, the Iranian nuclear question, Ebola in West Africa, the need for change in the Arab World - and, as a leader of the biggest world power, he engaged in self-criticism. President Obama's speech was also a re-assertion that the US is ready to lead again.
(Source of Image: UN Photo Gallery)