Tuesday, September 16, 2008

not your daddy's General Assembly

Every year, the President of the General Assembly rotates to a different individual who is selected by the countries of his region. Last year's President, Sergim Kerim of Macedonia, was the consummate diplomat. This year's president, Father Miguel d'Escoto Brockmann, former Nicaraguan Foreign Minister and Priest who is famous for his anti-American rhetoric and whose nomination was pushed through by the Latin American group, particularly the hard left Chavez-led contingent, will probably be less so.

To wit, he's started his first day in office -- today -- with a lengthy sermon and a sharp rebuke of, among other things:
- the IMF and Bretton Woods Institutions
- the "mad selfishness" invoked by Tolstoy (really), which he decries as "suicidal" to the human race and the planet
- the American embargo of Cuba
- democracy promotion
- the Iraq war
- people who don't follow the "supreme law of love" (really, wouldn't that be a great name for a Motown tribute band?)
- the "addiction to war ... perpetrated by some members of the Security Council" (can't imagine who those might be)
- "state terrorism" (read: Israel)
- the Security Council
- nuclear weapons
- babies
- apple pie
- the Dallas Cowboys

Okay, I made the last three up, but the point is, it's going to be a long year for Americans in the GA.

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