As many of you may have heard, the President addressed the United Nations General Assembly for the eighth and final time. A few key points he made were: “the world is by many measures less violent and more prosperous than ever before”, Israeli-Palestinian relations, and Russian foreign policy.
First let’s look into his statement about peace and prosperity in the world. It is true that the global economy is, more or less, on the mend since the so called “Great Recession” but less violent? He can say this after three bombings and a mall stabbing spree in our own country? Not to mention the conflict in Syria and the general chaos that is the Middle East. I have to disagree with him on that statement. This administration’s policy of meddling in every country’s affairs (by no means unique to the Obama administration) has created more violence and disorder in those regions and the world as a whole. At home we have the worst racial tensions since the late 1960s with riots and shootings everywhere you look.
Now how about the issue of Israel and the Palestinians? I agree with his statement that the Palestinians need to recognize the legitimacy of the State of Israel. He went on to say that the Israelis need to stop building settlements on “Palestinian lands”. Here’s the problem, Palestine never has been a nation in all of history. The Hebrews settled there thousands of years ago and that region has historically always belonged to the Jewish people until the Roman conquest. So if we’re looking at things from a legal or historical perspective, the region of “Palestine” does, in fact, belong to Israel. The Israelis have even been good enough to relinquish some of its land to the Palestinians in a remarkable show of good faith only to be repaid with murder and artillery barrages. The President should have left it at the Palestinians must “reject incitement and recognize the legitimacy of Israel.” Because that has always been the issue in the region, Arab peoples and states refusing the acknowledge Israel’s legitimacy.
And lastly, let’s pick apart his statements on Russia and the “threat” they pose. He said, “In a world that left the age of empire behind, we see Russia attempting to recover lost glory through force.” And, “If Russia continues to interfere in the affairs of its neighbors, it may be popular at home. It may fuel nationalist fervor for a time. Over time, it’s also going to diminish its stature and make its borders less secure.” Here’s something that is hypocritical even by U.N. standards. Some of you may remember Joshua Johnson’s recent articles on Russophobia where he mentioned that since 1945, Russia has invaded a total of eight countries while the United States sits at around 50 and counting. Where does this proponent of intervention get off chiding anyone about interfering in the affairs of its neighbors? Look at Libya and Syria, they aren’t even close to being “neighbors” but you still see U.S. forces imposing our will over there because those countries are not “free and democratic”. If Mr. Obama truly believes in allowing other countries to govern themselves he’d pull our troops and money out of these foreign conflicts along with stopping his support of the U.N.’s attempt at eliminating people’s rights to self defense. Apparently our doctrine is “do as we say, not as we do”. The Russian people have suffered greatly in the aftermath of the Soviet Union’s collapse and Vladimir Putin has done the impossible by not only bringing them out of ruin into the new millennium, but he has restored their pride in being Russians. The Victory Day parade is always packed and you can feel the restored patriotism and pride in their nation. How is that a bad thing? As for meddling in the affairs of its neighbors let’s remember the problem that is U.S. backed Ukraine causing chaos with Russia. We had a similar event just over 100 years ago with Pancho Villa and Mexico, did we decide not to meddle with our neighbors? No, we sent an expedition numbering in the tens of thousands into Mexico. And more recently, look at all the Central American, Caribbean, and South American nations we’ve meddled with.
Mr. President, I would advise you read up on your history and current events before you go about lecturing anybody about foreign policy, lest you be caught with your foot in your mouth making you into the fool.