Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Obama's U.N. speech | Part 1

I'm giving fair warning to partisan leftists reading this post now, you will not like what I have to say here. However, before I get into the meat and potatoes, I want to give some back story.

I, like many, fell for the Obama hoax. I truly believed in the crap he was promising prior to the election. This is not to say I automatically support Mittens either, far as I am concerned they both represent and work for the same interests: the global banking cartel.

All of my distrust of this man now though still couldn't prepare me for the absolute fabrication of reality presented in his speech. While it's masterfully written (by a staffer) it's meaningless. So, lets begin.

I will only be reproducing paragraphs I have commentary on or wish to place emphasis. Indented text is the speech.

In full: Barack Obama's speech to UN General Assembly

Chris went to Benghazi in the early days of the Libyan revolution, arriving on a cargo ship. As America’s representative, he helped the Libyan people as they coped with violent conflict, cared for the wounded, and crafted a vision for a future in which the rights of all Libyans would be respected. After the revolution, he supported the birth of a new democracy, as Libyans held elections, built new institutions, and began to move forward after decades of dictatorship.

Libyan Rebel Council Forms Oil Company to Replace Qaddafi’s
Libyan Rebels Form Their Own Central Bank 

Ah, the institutions of freedom. Take note at the dates as well, these two "institutions" to support western backed industry were the first to be tackled by the "rebels" and were created prior to the actual Libyan transition.
The attacks on our civilians in Benghazi were attacks on America. We are grateful for the assistance we received from the Libyan government and the Libyan people. And there should be no doubt that we will be relentless in tracking down the killers and bringing them to justice. I also appreciate that in recent days, the leaders of other countries in the region – including Egypt, Tunisia, and Yemen – have taken steps to secure our diplomatic facilities, and called for calm. So have religious authorities around the globe.
It's around this point you should start getting the sick feeling in your stomach. Bring them to justice? I wasn't aware that "justice" and "death by drone" were interchangeable.

US Drone Strike in Pakistan Kills 5 Militants

Is the free world's version of justice now simply death without trial? A constant sentence of execution for anyone in the way?

Drone strikes kill, maim and traumatize too many civilians, U.S. study says

Now please, Obama supporters, tell me how any of what's occurring here is justice? Looks like indiscriminate killing to me.
But the attacks of the last two weeks are not simply an assault on America. They are also an assault on the very ideals upon which the United Nations was founded – the notion that people can resolve their differences peacefully; that diplomacy can take the place of war; and that in an interdependent world, all of us have a stake in working towards greater opportunity and security for our citizens.
U.S. expands its secret war in Africa
If we are serious about upholding these ideals, it will not be enough to put more guards in front of an Embassy; or to put out statements of regret, and wait for the outrage to pass. If we are serious about those ideals, we must speak honestly about the deeper causes of this crisis. Because we face a choice between the forces that would drive us apart, and the hopes we hold in common.
CIA drone strikes violate Pakistan's sovereignty, says senior diplomat
Today, we must affirm that our future will be determined by people like Chris Stevens, and not by his killers. Today, we must declare that this violence and intolerance has no place among our United Nations.
Collateral Murder
It has been less than two years since a vendor in Tunisia set himself on fire to protest the oppressive corruption in his country, and sparked what became known as the Arab Spring. Since then, the world has been captivated by the transformation that has taken place, and the United States has supported the forces of change.
We were inspired by the Tunisian protests that toppled a dictator, because we recognized our own beliefs in the aspirations of men and women who took to the streets.

We insisted on change in Egypt, because our support for democracy put us on the side of the people.
We supported a transition of leadership in Yemen, because the interests of the people were not being served by a corrupt status quo.

We intervened in Libya alongside a broad coalition, and with the mandate of the U.N. Security Council, because we had the ability to stop the slaughter of innocents; and because we believed that the aspirations of the people were more powerful than a tyrant.
Libyan rebel commander admits his fighters have al-Qaeda links
And yet the turmoil of recent weeks reminds us that the path to democracy does not end with the casting of a ballot. Nelson Mandela once said: “to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.” True democracy demands that citizens cannot be thrown in jail because of what they believe, and businesses can be opened without paying a bribe. It depends on the freedom of citizens to speak their minds and assemble without fear; on the rule of law and due process that guarantees the rights of all people
Obama Administration Scores Point In Fight To Keep Indefinite Detention Powers

In other words, true democracy – real freedom – is hard work. Those in power have to resist the temptation to crack down on dissent. In hard economic times, countries may be tempted to rally the people around perceived enemies, at home and abroad, rather than focusing on the painstaking work of reform.

Ok, I can't do anymore for now, I'm only halfway through and I'm boiling with rage. Look for part 2 tomorrow.

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Richard Fantin is a self-taught software developer who has mostly throughout his career focused on financial applications and high frequency trading. He currently works for CenturyLink

Nazayh Zanidean is a Project Coordinator for a mid-sized construction contractor in Calgary, Alberta. He enjoys writing as a hobby on topics that include foreign policy, international human rights, security and systemic media bias.

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