World View: Ahmadinejad Invokes Islamic Messiah in UN Speech
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- At U.N., Israel's Netanyahu says that Israel will live forever
- Palestinian president Abbas launches blistering attack on Israel
- Iran's Ahmadinejad awaits the arrival of the Mahdi
- More on the Sunni versus Shia television debate
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At U.N., Israel's Netanyahu says that Israel will live forever
There have been two days of drama at the United Nations, as world
leaders spoke to the General Assembly. Saying that Israel will live
forever, Israel's President Benjamin Netanyahu used his speech to
contrast Israel against the dark forces of militant Islam:
Three thousand years ago, King David reigned over the
Jewish state in our eternal capital, Jerusalem. I say that to all
those who proclaim that the Jewish state has no roots in our
region and that it will soon disappear.
Throughout our history, the Jewish people have overcome all the
tyrants who have sought our destruction. It's their ideologies
that have been discarded by history.
The people of Israel live on. We say in Hebrew Am Yisrael Chai,
and the Jewish state will live forever.
The Jewish people have lived in the land of Israel for thousands
of years. Even after most of our people were exiled from it, Jews
continued to live in the land of Israel throughout the ages. The
masses of our people never gave up the dreamed of returning to our
Defying the laws of history, we did just that. We in gathered the
exiles, restored our independence and rebuilt our national
life. The Jewish people have come home.
We will never be uprooted again...
For today, a great battle is being waged between the modern and
The forces of modernity seek a bright future in which the rights
of all are protected, in which an ever-expanding digital library
is available in the palm of every child, in which every life is
The forces of medievalism seek a world in which women and
minorities are subjugated, in which knowledge is suppressed, in
which not life but death is glorified.
These forces clash around the globe, but nowhere more starkly than
in the Middle East.
Israel stands proudly with the forces of modernity. We protect the
rights of all our citizens: men and women, Jews and Arabs, Muslims
and Christians - all are equal before the law...
Yet the medieval forces of radical Islam, whom you just saw
storming the American embassies throughout the Middle East, they
They seek supremacy over all Muslims. They are bent on world
conquest. They want to destroy Israel, Europe, America. They want
to extinguish freedom. They want to end the modern world.
Militant Islam has many branches - from the rulers of Iran with
their Revolutionary Guards to Al Qaeda terrorists to the radical
cells lurking in every part of the globe.
But despite their differences, they are all rooted in the same
bitter soil of intolerance. That intolerance is directed first at
their fellow Muslims, and then to Christians, Jews, Buddhists,
Hindus, secular people, anyone who doesn't submit to their
They want to drag humanity back to an age of unquestioning dogma
and unrelenting conflict.
I am sure of one thing. Ultimately they will fail. Ultimately,
light will penetrate the darkness.
The last portion of Netanyahu's speech was a science lesson on how to
build a nuclear weapon. He held up a cartoon picture of a bomb with a
fuse, and drew a red line on the cartoon, saying that Iran will have
enough highly enriched plutonium to build a bomb by next spring or
summer. He asked that the United States and the United Nations draw a
political red line threatening military action against Iran if it
continues to produce highly enriched plutonium. Latinos Post
Palestinian president Abbas launches blistering attack on Israel
In a speech that Netanyahu called "libelous," Palestinian Authority
president Mahmoud Abbas began by saying that "I speak on behalf of an
angry people," and launched a blistering attack on Israel:
Developments over the past year have confirmed what
we have persistently drawn attention to and warned of: the
catastrophic danger of the racist Israeli settlement of our
During the past months, attacks by terrorist militias of Israeli
settlers have become a daily reality, with at least 535 attacks
perpetrated since the beginning of this year. We are facing
relentless waves of attacks against our people, our mosques,
churches and monasteries, and our homes and schools; they are
unleashing their venom against our trees, fields, crops and
properties, and our people have become fixed targets for acts of
killing and abuse with the complete collusion of the occupying
forces and the Israeli Government.
The escalation of settler attacks should not surprise anyone, for
it is the inherent byproduct of the continuation of occupation and
a government policy that deliberately fosters the settlements and
settlers and deems their satisfaction to be an absolute
priority. And, it is the inherent byproduct of the racist climate
fueled by a culture of incitement in the Israeli curriculum and
extremist declarations, which are rife with hatred and are rooted
in a series of discriminatory laws created and enacted over the
years against the Palestinian people, as well as by the security
apparatus and courts, which provide excuse after excuse for the
settlers' crimes and for their accelerated release should one of
them happen to be arrested, and by official and military
commissions of inquiry, which fabricate justifications for
soldiers who have committed what are clearly considered to be war
crimes and perpetrated acts of murder, torture and abuse of
Abbas said that this year he will not allow the United States to stop
him from applying to the United Nations General Assembly for
recognition of the State of Palestine as a non-member state of the
United Nations. This will qualify Palestine to join all
U.N. organizations, and, if desired, to pursue Israel in International
Criminal Court. Latinos Post
Iran's Ahmadinejad awaits the arrival of the Mahdi
Speaking for the 8th and last time at the United Nations, Iran's
president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad used his speech to propose a new world
order based on the imminent coming of the Mahdi. Ahmadinejad is a
devout believer in the Mahdaviat -- the Shia Muslim belief that the
Mahdi (or "the 12'th Imam" or "the Hidden Imam") is coming to save
mankind. This belief is roughly equivalent to the Christian belief in
the second coming of Christ, or the Buddhist belief in the Maitreya --
that a new Buddha is to appear on earth, and will achieve complete
enlightenment. In 2011, Ahmadinejad used his belief in the Mahdi
to justify disobeying the supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. On Wednesday, he said:
God Almighty has promised us a man of kindness, a man
who loves people and loves absolute justice, a man who is a
perfect human being and is named Imam A1-Mahdi, a man who will
come in the company of Jesus Christ (PBUH) and the righteous. By
using the inherent potential of all the worthy men and women of
all nations and I repeat, the inherent potential of "all the
worthy men and women of all nations" he will lead humanity into
achieving its glorious and eternal ideals.
The arrival of the Ultimate Savior will mark a new beginning, a
rebirth and a resurrection. It will be the beginning of peace,
lasting security and genuine life.
His arrival will be the end of oppression, immorality, poverty,
discrimination and the beginning of justice, love and empathy.
He will come and he will cut through ignorance, superstition,
prejudice by opening the gates of science and knowledge. He will
establish a world brimful of prudence and he will prepare the
ground for the collective, active and constructive participation
of all in the global management.
In more prosaic portions of his speech, he said that the United
Nations is useless, and it should be replaced by the Non-Aligned
What was surprising about Ahmadinejad's speech were the things that
were omitted. He didn't attack Israel, he didn't mention Syria, and
he didn't mention Iran's nuclear program. Latinos Post
More on the Sunni versus Shia television debate
In yesterday's world view, I
quoted a televised exchange between Sunni and Shia activists that
devolved into name-calling and violence.
The Sunni said that the Shia
had been renounced by his own father and brothers, and the Shia
retorted: "Your wife is contacting Shi'ites, offering to engage
them in 'pleasure marriage.' ... Do you want me to provide
A web site reader has informed me that this was NOT just an irrelevant
personal attack. A "pleasure marriage" is a temporary marriage under
a contract that specifies a fixed time period. It's permitted by Shia
Islam, but not by Sunni Islam. And so the remark was intended to say
to the Sunni, "Even your own wife is following Shia practices which
should be blasphemous to you." Memri
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