The Devil At The UN: When Heads Of State Cross The Line



2006 Sharon Hughes 


When does a nation or head of state cross the line in their remarks against another country or head of state? Americans are irate over Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez's calling President Bush the devil, and saying the podium area "still smelled of sulfur" while addressing the UN last week.

Last year Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Israel should be wiped off the map, and then defended his statement, as I wrote:

"Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad defended his statement to "wipe Israel off the map" as thousands of Iranians participated in anti-American and anti-Israel rallies, chanting "deal to Israel, death to America" and burning Israeli and American flags. "Jerusalem Day - the last Friday of the Muslim Ramadan 'holy' month -is a day they annually call for the destruction of Israel, and has been going on since 1979.

The comments that stirred things up were given by Ahmadinejad to college students at a conference called "A World Without Zionism," saying that Israel should be "wiped off the face of the earth."

Israel's Arial Sharon responded calling for an emergency session of the United Nations Security Council wanting support to have Iran expelled from the United Nations, reasoning "any country that calls for the destruction of another country should not be a member of the United Nations." And said, "Such a country, in possession of nuclear weapons, is a danger not only to Israel and the Middle East but to Europe as well."

This is not new news, it is only broadcast more widely. And it's about time. Nevertheless, this barbaric attitude should not to be taken lightly. Any true friend of Israel will stand with her in the United Nations to expel Iran from its ranks."

Did the United Nations expel Iran? Nope. Will it take any disciplinary actions against Venezuela's Chavez? Nope, I don't think so. Are the lines drawn in the UN solid? Or are they only illusions to give the appearance that the international body has 'teeth' in it's authority? Will Chavez and Ahmadinejad be able to speak before the United Nations again next year when heads of state gather again? Yes, I'm sure, if they are still heads of state. Lines don't really mean anything to the United Nations, and even if they did, they have proven they are powerless (and spineless) to carry out the consequences for violating the rules.


Sharon  Hughes is Founder and President of The Center for Changing Worldviews and a radio talk show host on KDIA AM1640 in San Francisco, RIGHTALK.com, and online at Oneplace.com. Her column appears in many recognized news sites and publications, most recently FRONTPAGEMAG. She also writes for  NewsBusters.org., a division of The Media Research Center. For further information visit her Websites www.changingworldviews.com, WOMANTalk.us, and Blog http://changingworldviews.blogspot.com.

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