By Thierry Meyssan
Information Clearing House
October 1, 2012
The most-awaited speech is that of the U.S. president, invited to take the floor after the Brazilian president had warmed up the room. Always cordial, “Barack” made his entrance extending his arm towards Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, seated higher up on the platform. The Secretary rose and then nearly doubled over to grasp his hand. Obama is the only head of state who took the liberty of making that gesture.
The debate that followed this spectacle was titled "Adjustment or Settlement of International Disputes or Situations by Peaceful Means." Contrary to what the title would seem to indicate, all talk was primarily focused on the war that NATO and the Gulf Cooperation Council deny they are fighting in Syria, the war France wants to fight in Mali and the war that Israel wants to have the U.S. fight against Iran.
The declarations favoring military intervention in Syria are grounded in the thesis of the "Arab Spring”: the successive waves of events occurring over the last two years in the Arab world have the same causes, express the same aspirations and therefore should culminate in the triumph of democracy and the market economy.
Then, the Emir of Qatar, having compared the turmoil in the Arab world to the epic struggles in the Americas and Europe for liberty and unity, pleaded for the overthrow of dictatorships and the establishment of freedom of expression...he, Sheik Hamad, the very putschist who muzzled all opposition and the media in his country.
The Mali question was less of a caricature.
The Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, described an aggressive and obscurantist Iran that represents an immediate danger and will be a global threat if it possesses an atomic bomb. To support his statements, he made multiple references to questionable charges, from the attacks committed in Thailand and Bulgaria to the plot against the Saudi Arabian ambassador in Washington, all the while assimilating al-Qaeda to the Islamic Republic of Iran.
Other speakers elicited surprise. Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad disconcerted the members of the Assembly by unexpectedly reverting to the subject of the debate, forgotten by everyone else: the "Adjustment or Settlement of International Disputes or Situations by Peaceful Means."
The supreme provocation: he reaffirmed his faith in a perfect future, governed by the prophets and no longer by those who have usurped their place.
As I write this column, the heads of state are continuing their march toward the podium. The response of the Russian and Chinese representatives, scheduled to speak later, are eagerly awaited.
Translated from French by Michele Stoddard.