Comment: UNGA Speech Delivered by President Dilma



Today, we are going to look at the speech  delivered (in Portuguese) by the President of Brazil, Dilma Rousseff, before the UN General Assembly. We decided to comment on this address due to its overall out-of-touch tone.

President Dilma
"Mr president, Brazil knows how to protect itself. It repudiates, fights against and does not harbour terrorist groups"

President Dilma seems to be in denial: Brazil, as we speak, harbours Hezbollah members (plus their Hamas buddies) in the Tri-border; those same elements are marrying Brazilian women and making babies (to avoid extradition); meanwhile, they build terrorist networks (e.g. helping Al-Shabaab, Boko Haram and others passing over to countries like Mexico, for instance) - this is ongoing; so it would be interesting to see somebody confronting President Dilma with these facts. Due to its corruption and poverty problems plus proximity to North America, Brazil is a suitable nest for terrorists.
The US would be foolish not to follow closely the threat stemming from this country.

"This is the moment to create the conditions to avoid seeing the cyber-space being used as a weapon of war, through espionage, sabotage, attacks against other countries' systems and infrastructures"

This was actually the most important part of President Dilma's whole speech. Cyber-security and Cyber-war is a most relevant issue that isn't profusely discussed by political leaders. Although Pres. Dilma inserted this topic when expressing her fury towards the NSA (a very old subject, by the way), we wonder whether she's not taking a swipe at one of the BRICS' members, known for engaging in such ops.

"The limited representation of the UN Security Council, before the new challenges of the 21st century, is worrying"

This part is for domestic consumption (as most of pres. Dilma's speech, d'ailleurs), for Brazil is in no position to push for UNSC reforms at this point (read here).
Interesting how the Brazilian president made sure she'd mention the 21st century (i.e. new era as opposed to the old one, when the US and Europe ruled) while failing to address one of the most pressing issues in the 21st century: Islamic Terrorism - an issue that has been in the international community's agenda, the very same universe that Brazil dreams of administrating in the UN Security Council.

"The enduring peace between Israel and Palestine assume a new urgency before the changes undergoing in the Middle East" 

Let's recall President Obama's words (uttered a day before Ms Dilma delivered her speech): "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." - is that what Ms Dilma is doing, distracting the Brazilians from problems at home; or is she just acting foolishly by wanting to appeal to the radical Left's vote?
President Dilma refuses to be cured from the illusion.

In sum: President Dilma's speech was mainly directed at the Brazilian electorate and not at the international community. She spoke as if she were in the campaign trail at home and not before an international body (i.e. she avoided all the pressing issues: IS/ISIL, Iranian nuclear programme, Ukrainian crisis, Ebola in Africa [a continent whose resources Brazil is heavily exploring and exploiting]).
We would've liked to have heard Brazil's position regarding the above mentioned issues but instead we got a domestic letter of intent.

(Source of Image: UN Photo Gallery)

Comments

  1. It would have been stupendous to know what Brazil's position about ISIL would be! Yes, Dilma said Brazil has a long Syrian lineage, I thought it was Armenian, but so what? Does it mean that Brazil is sticking her head in the sand because of it? It's so damn deceptive of her to have said it!
    Dilma proved Brazil has no place in the UNSC at all and by the way, Africa should pay attention to her words too: she is exploring in Angola, Mozambique, Cape Verde, São tomé etc...Cape Verde and São Tomé are not that far from the Ebola affected nations. She acted just like another colonizer!

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  2. What was that? It looked like she was in a different stage in front of a different audience. I didn't get it and I didn't like it. She was probably worse than Liechtenstein's speech, you watched it Max?

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  3. A disappointing UN speech, from what I read a disappointing debate at home: is Dilma that comfortable in power? Or has she given up?
    Perhaps an indication of how she got to power in the first place.

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