Trump Alone Threatened War in His UN Address
by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org - Home - Stephen Lendman)
The UN is a venue for promoting world peace and stability. Trump used his General Assembly address for hostile chest-thumping, threatening North Korea, Iran, Venezuela and Syria's Bashar al-Assad - a disgraceful jingoistic display.
The only language he understands is belligerence, escalating wars he inherited from Bush/Cheney and Obama, plotting new ones, threatening possible nuclear confrontation on the Korean peninsula.
He's a national disgrace and a world menace, a rogue leader. Addresses by his counterparts and other officials representing their countries shamed him.
Sergey Lavrov showed why he's the world's preeminent diplomat, polar opposite US hawks - deploring war, denouncing "military hysteria," a clear reference to Trump, urging dialogue to avoid potentially catastrophic policies, calling it unacceptable to impose sanctions on anyone unilaterally, forthrightly supporting the Iran nuclear deal, urging greater efforts for peace and stability in war-torn countries, supporting justice for Palestinians, expressing respect for the sovereign rights of all nations, while denouncing hostile NATO expansion close to Russia's borders.
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi called for resolving contentious issues diplomatically, notably on the Korean peninsula, rejecting war forthrightly, urging what he called a "holistic" approach to combating terrorism.
"China is always a force for peace," he stressed, adding "aggression is not in the Chinese genes," its agenda polar opposite Washington's, expressing support for multi-world polarity like Russia, denouncing efforts of any nation to dominate others, his address similar to Sergey Lavrov's.
South Korean President Moon Jae-in urged peace on the peninsula. He recalled the horror of the 1950s war, wanting another avoided at all costs.
He urged all relevant parties to pursue peace, opposes Korean peninsula reunification while forthrightly opposing policies risking the DPRK's collapse, hugely destabilizing if happens, devastating if from war.
He confirmed pledging $8 million in aid to Pyongyang, a token gesture, perhaps suggesting more to come. He strongly supports regional peace, stability and mutual cooperation, benefitting all area nations, war risking catastrophic harm.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani called for "moderation and respect for human rights and prosperity and economic revitalization at home, and constructive engagement around the world."
Iran seeks peace, not war, mutual cooperation, not confrontation, deploring imperial recklessness, America wanting its will imposed on other nations, supporting terrorism, not opposing it.
Rouhani is a distinguished leader, twice democratically elected, an outspoken opponent of oppression and belligerence, combining diplomacy, politics and scholarship, author of many books.
They include Islamic Revolution: Roots and Challenges, National Security and Economic System of Iran, National Security and Nuclear Diplomacy, National Security and Foreign Policy, National Security and Environment, as well as several volumes of personal memoirs and Islamic political thought.
He pursues "constructive interaction with the world." He's a highly respected leader, polar opposite his deplorable Western and Israeli counterparts.
On Thursday, the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), published a rare public statement by DPRK leader Kim Jong-un. Here it is in full:
"The speech made by the US president in his maiden address on the UN arena in the prevailing serious circumstances, in which the situation on the Korean peninsula has been rendered tense as never before and is inching closer to a touch-and-go state, is arousing worldwide concern.
Shaping the general idea of what he would say, I expected he would make stereotyped, prepared remarks a little from what he used to utter in his office on the spur of the moment as he had to speak on the world's biggest official diplomatic stage.
But, far from making any remarks of any persuasive power that can be viewed to be helpful in diffusion tension, he made unprecedented rude nonsense no one has ever heard from any of his predecessors. A frightened dog barks louder.
I'd like to advise Trump to exercise prudence in selecting words and be considerate of whom he speaks to when making a speech in front of the world.
The mentally deranged behavior of the US president openly expressing on the UN arena the unethical will to 'totally destroy' a sovereign state, beyond the boundary of threats and regime change or overturn of social system, makes even those with normal thinking faculty think about discretion and composure.
His remarks remind me of such words as 'political layman' and 'political heretic' which were in vogue in reference to Trump during his presidential election campaign.
After taking office, Trump has rendered the world restless through threats and blackmail against all countries in the world.
He is unfit to hold the prerogative of supreme command of a country, and he is surely a rogue and a gangster fond of playing with fire, rather than a politician.
His remarks which described the US option through straightforward expression of his will have convinced me, rather than frightening or stopping me, that the path I chose is correct and that it is the one I have to follow to the last.
Now that Trump has denied the existence of and insulted me and my country in front of the eyes of the world and made the most ferocious declaration of war in history that he would destroy the DPRK, we will consider with seriousness exercising a corresponding, highest level of hard-line countermeasure in history.
Action is the best option in treating the dotard who, hard of hearing, is uttering only what he wants to say.
As a man representing the DPRK and on behalf of the dignity and honor of my state and people and on my own, I will make the man holding the prerogative of the supreme command in the US pay dearly for his speech calling for totally destroying the DPRK.
This is not a rhetorical expression loved by Trump.
I am now thinking hard about what response he could have expected when he allowed such eccentric words to trip off his tongue.
Whatever Trump might have expected, he will face results beyond his expectation.
I will surely and definitely tame the mentally deranged US dotard with fire."
Kim combined justifiable outrage with well-thought out remarks. Did he sound deranged as Washington claims?
Not at all!
Trump alone was unacceptably belligerent in his UN address, embarrassing the office he holds, disgraceful beginning-to-end demagoguery, recklessly hawkish - deplorably threatening war instead of urging world peace.
His rogue credentials were on display for the whole world to see and understand. Humanity holds its breath wondering what he'll do next.
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