When I was younger I thought of certain organizations and individuals as being morally a little better than others. The runup to the Iraq war killed a lot of that naivete. The UN’s votes and human rights chair choices and learning about Annan’s role in Rwanda was enough.
Here is the text of the President’s speech to the UN today. I wish I had been able to see it. I understand it was given to a very hostile audience.
I have much anger to resolve where the U.N., and controlling constituent tyrannies and weasels, is concerned. It is an anger they don’t seem to understand, an anger that is explained by some of the things in this speech.
I spent a year in school arguing with people of a certain mindset who couldn’t comprehend my side of the story, or refused to accept the premises when brought to their conclusion. I am in accord with much of this speech above. If achieving these goals is a lonely path, then so be it.
History will honor the high ideals of this organization. The charter states them with clarity: “to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war,” “to reaffirm faith in fundamental human rights,” “to promote social progress and better standards of life in larger freedom.”
Let history also record that our generation of leaders followed through on these ideals, even in adversity. Let history show that in a decisive decade, members of the United Nations did not grow weary in our duties, or waver in meeting them. I’m confident that this young century will be liberty’s century. I believe we will rise to this moment, because I know the character of so many nations and leaders represented here today. And I have faith in the transforming power of freedom.
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