Ban Ki-moon's predictable, uninformed, dangerous drivel
There are too many idiots with access to podiums and microphones addressing the world. The UN Secretary General, I’m sorry to say, is one of them.
What part of “death to Jews!” and all that goes with it do some people not understand?
On Tuesday, a UN delegation, lead by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, met with Prime Minister Netanyahu and Israeli leaders. At the end of the day, the Secretary General and the Prime Minister offered statements (video embedded below).
Prime Minister Netanyahu made an opening statement that was strong and clear.
He spoke about Islamic terror and jihad. He equated Hamas with al Qaeda, Hezb’allah, ISIS, and the growing list of terror organizations.
He spoke about how Hamas initiated and is now prolonging this conflict. And he spoke of how Hamas is committing a double war crime by targeting innocent Israelis and using Palestinian civilians as human shields.
He spoke about the numerous cease-fire proposals that Israel has accepted and that Hamas has rejected.
He spoke about how, at the request of the international community, Israel provided cement so Palestinians could build schools and hospitals. And he spoke of how Hamas used that very cement to build terror tunnels that are embedded in mosques, hospitals, and schools and that extend into Israel with the purpose of kidnapping and killing as many Israelis as possible.
He spoke about how Israel opened field hospitals to treat injured Palestinians and how Hamas is preventing Palestinians from going to those hospitals.
He spoke about how Israel will do what it needs to do to keep Israeli safe. And he spoke of how no country would tolerate what Israel is subjected to.
Then Ban Ki-moon spoke.
What he said was utterly predictable. And not in a good way. It goes something like this:
Hamas is raining down rockets on Israel and this must stop. “We condemn strongly rocket attacks. These must stop immediately. We condemn the use of civilian sites…for military purposes.” Israel has the right to defend itself.
At this point we’re a couple of minutes into his speech. You might be thinking, so far so good. But things devolved from there in what is now a predictable script that embraces fantasyland nonsense, at best.
Ban Ki-moon began talking about how “too many Palestinian and Israeli mothers are burying their children.” This struck me as his transitional statement. I knew things would rapidly go downhill and Ban Ki-moon did not disappoint my lowest possible expectations.
“My message to Israelis and Palestinians is the same. Stop fighting. Start talking. And take on the root causes of the conflict.”
Pardon me, but if I may interrupt for just a second Mr. Ban Ki-moon. If, as the Secretary General of the United Nations you do not know the root cause of this conflict, then I would suggest you resign your post immediately. Because the root cause is written in the Koran. It’s called jihad. And the jihadists are announcing their intentions over loudspeakers. They are shouting it out on television and radio. Their message is emailed, Facebooked, YouTubed, and Tweeted. The quest for world domination in the name of Islam is being played out around the world. People are dying. And while they’re coming for everyone, they’ve got a special hatred for Jews. Oh, and by the way, the Hamas Charter calls for the destruction of Israel. So much for talking.
So, Mr. Ban Ki-moon, we don’t need to call in detectives. We know the root cause.
But, alas: Despite my screaming at the computer screen, he carried on. Drat!
And things got even worse.
We must address the “underlying issues including mutual recognition, occupation, despair, and denial of dignity so people do not feel they have to resort to violence to as a means of expressing their grievances. Military actions will not increase Israel’s stability and security in the long run. I fully share and appreciate the legitimate security concern and right to defend your country and citizens. Israel is a democratic strong country and I urge to you to demonstrate fortitude by exercising maximum restraint.”
Hold it. Stop the presses. Did the UN Secretary General just validate terrorism? Did he just suggest that people must resort to violence as a way of expressing their grievances? (And what pathetic groups don’t have grievances these days?) Um, what special class of people did he have in mind? Hmm. Let me guess.
Israelis? No? That’s odd because they certainly seem like they could have an awful lot of grievances piled up at this point.
So, ok then. Palestinians. They have grievances and have no other option than to become violent. Interesting. I notice this rationale seems reserved for this group quite frequently.
And, dear readers, out of respect for your time, I’m not even getting into the Secretary General’s use of the word “occupation,” but do have a quick word about “military actions” as non-solutions. Um, I’d say unless something dramatic changes for the better in the Middle East (which I don’t see happening anytime soon, or make that, ever), military actions most certainly will increase Israel’s security. A little help from the international community on that front would also be nice.
Anyway, as if not quite satisfied with having his dhimmitude on display, he piled more on as he droned on with the now familiar refrain: that Israel of course has a right to defend herself, but in light of the fact that she’s a strong democratic country, could she please take it easy?
Huh? Israel is supposed to be penalized for being a strong democratic nation? What’s up with that? It makes no sense. Unless at the heart of the matter, you wouldn’t mind seeing her go down.
And then the final bit of pure madness. Unless I misunderstood the Secretary General’s halting English, I do believe I heard him say that there must be one legitimate Palestinian government that adheres to “the PLO commitment to non-violence, the recognition of Israel, and respect for previous agreements.”
What is he talking about?
And finally: “No barrier can separate Palestinians and Israelis because they share a common future.”
Oh dear. I do believe the Secretary General really outdid himself.
Sir, there must be a barrier. A very large, strong, barrier that keeps the culture of darkness, death, hate, and evil at bay.
But this is the UN, after all. A body that is useless. Worse than useless. So what should I have expected? Indulge me while I fantasize about something sane.
The UN Secretary General and all world leaders should be condemning Hamas and labeling it as the terror organization that it is. They should acknowledge the fierce battle we are in against jihad. They should be joining with Prime Minister Netanyahu in voicing zero tolerance for those who call for the death of all Jews and the complete destruction of the Jewish state. They should be declaring their commitment to stand with Israel with full support against the forces of evil that seek to destroy her. And they should announce to the world that the forces she is facing are the same forces threatening innocent people the world over as the caliphate grows and evil advances.
But of course no one is saying that. Except, of course, Prime Minister Netanyahu who had a brief response to the UN Secretary General before saying a few words in Hebrew to those in Israel who were listening. And I imagined what he might be saying.
Watch for yourself: