When the United Nations was founded, in the wake of World War II, it had a few basic but admirable goals, such as fostering international security and achieving world peace. This week, the world turns its eye once again on Turtle Bay, the neighborhood in which the U.N. is headquartered, for the 68th session of the General Assembly, as representatives from 193 countries descend upon the city. Streets will clog, security will be heavy and distinctly garbed dignitaries will run amok (it was reported in 2011 that foreign diplomats owed the city nearly $17 million in outstanding parking tickets). World peace is most definitely out of the question.
It is hard to know which is the greater affront: Mahmoud Ahmadinejad lecturing the world about the rule of law, as he did at the United Nations on Sept. 24, or Mahmoud Ahmadinejad spewing his anti-Semitic trash on Yom Kippur, as he was scheduled to do before the General Assembly on Sept. 26.
In either case, the U.N. once again demonstrated its institutional contempt for Israel.
Sexy World Leaders
Not for the first time, Barack Obama said all the right things at the AIPAC dinner over the weekend. All of the expected words and sentiments were out in force—tributes to the enduring friendship between the two nations, reassurances of shared goals and acknowledgments of common strategic interests.
You can thank all that traffic in Midtown this week to the 66th session of the United Nations General Assembly, which brought in not only the world’s most important leaders, but all their bodyguards and beefed up security as well. Don’t even try going east of 3rd Ave today, is all we’re saying.
So Rick Perry, President Barack Obama and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad walk into a bar… It’s not a joke; it’s a scenario we imagined as a real possibility as all three were descending upon Manhattan this week. (As long as they stay away from Miss Lily’s. It’s already crowded enough.)
We like to call this scenario “fantasy bar fight.”
ALBANY—David Paterson got a loud cheer by beating up on Mahmoud Ahmadinejad at an event in Midtown, then parried reporters' questions about whether ongoing talk of White House pressure to get him not to run is problematic.
"I'm actually not talking about it, I just wanted to set the record straight and, uh, Read More
It’s not a stretch for Americans to look at the scenes of mass protest in Iran and think back to 1989, when popular uprisings toppled one Soviet-backed regime after another in Eastern Europe.
That mental association is one that Barack Obama’s critics have seized upon, arguing that the same presidential bully pulpit Read More
Rudy Giuliani used to like to tell the story about how, at the height of the panic and chaos of 9/11, he supposedly turned to Bernie Kerik, then his police commissioner, and exclaimed: “Thank God George Bush is our president!”
This was back when memories of the disputed 2000 election were Read More
Even when the evidence for something is overwhelmingly compelling, a small but noisy chunk of society will still resist it. The debate over evolution is an example of this. So is the present discussion of the Iranian election results.
The clear consensus in the West is that the fix was in—that Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s Read More
The anti-Iran hawks just got exactly what they wanted.
Not only will they have Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, a ranting, Holocaust-denying political villain from central casting, for four more years, they’ll also be able to point to the circumstances of his “reelection”—a rigged vote count enforced by a violent crackdown—as confirmation Read More