Thursday, November 16, 2006

For All Humanity

"I emphatically declare that today's world, more than ever before, longs for just and righteous people with love for all humanity; and above all longs for the perfect righteous human being and the real savior who has been promised to all peoples and who will establish justice, peace and brotherhood on the planet." -You may be surprised to learn who said this. It was President Mahmoud Ahmadinejead of Iran. I would be pleased if the United States began diplomatic relations with his country before we begin another war. Other bloggers have denounced his speech at the UN General Assembly where he criticized the UN for being dominated by the United States. However, the UN is dominated by the US. It has been since its creation. The precedent has been clear from the cover up of the US invasion of Guatemala to modern day, US representatives have done more to undermine the credibility of the UN than help it. The current ambassador is no exception if you look into the facts. In any case, I too long for just and righteous people with love for all humanity. Yet, I don't long for the creation of nuclear tension.

1 comment:

Luke said...

I can see how you can read alot of good from that statement. I would like to see a world of just people with love for all humanity. I'm not sure, however, that "today's world, more than ever before,... above all longs for the perfect righteous human being and the real savior...". I do think Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is a dangerous man who sees himself as some kind of divine prophet, and (like Bush) believes so blindly in his own "righteousness" that he is ready to drive his country towards a third world war. It certainly appears as though Iran is arming itself with nuclear weapons in anticipattion.

Does my view of Iran's president mean I think we should go to war with him? No. You cannot avoid conflicts with a strategy to begin them first. If there is any hope for Middle East peace and for US diplomacy, we must support leaders with a vision for peace and a tactic of understanding.

With that vision of peace in mind, it becomes clear that this requires the US to change its invasive and destructive behavior as a world citizen and work for compromise.

The long and short of it from my mind? It's time to talk.