Mahmoud Ahmadinejad addressed the United Nations General Assembly on Wednesday, his last speech in front of the world body as president of Iran. My personal opinion is that his call for a new world order should scare the world. And it should really smack some sense into our politicians.
And then there is this poll about who lies more: Romney or Obama. Unbelievable. This is what we've come to? Measuring who lies more?
Every year we have the politician who claims he or she will not stoop to negative campaigns. That lasts about 45 seconds. Maybe.
In an interview, Ahmadinejad said "God willing, a new order will come and will do away with ... everything
that distances us," Ahmadinejad told The Associated Press in an
interview Tuesday, speaking through a translator. "All of the animosity,
all of the lack of sincerity will come to an end. It will institute
fairness and justice."
That kind of talk will be very attractive to many people, especially because our political system is rife with animosity, insincerity, and mistrust AND distrust of anyone who does not seem to think like us. Further, we seem increasingly impatient with and intolerant of other ways of thinking. Don't agree with Obamacare? You must be a __________, though "thinking person with a different opinion" is very acceptable here. We don't seem to be able to disagree any more and we don't seem to be able to have actual debates.
Instead we are like the protestors and so-called extremists who have rioted and killed over the video that apparently mocks the Prophet Mohammad. (As an aside: imagine if Christians reacted that way every time someone said "Jesus!" or "Jesus Christ!" and didn't use it in prayer?) Any more we seem to howl and get violent, if not in action then in words, when someone doesn't agree with us. So the 1st Amendment is okay for some but not for others? It's suitable only if what the other person says agrees with me?
These kinds of behaviors and attitudes continue to degrade our sensibilities about ourselves as Americans and certainly don't help our reputation.
So maybe, just maybe, Ahmadinejad's speech will end up slapping some sense into politicians and their cronies who continue to belittle and belabor, who continue to dissemble, who continue to prop up half-truths to win at all costs at the expense of working collaboratively, at the expense of every American. Probably not. I'm just not that hopeful any more. . . and find myself yearning for a time when "[a]ll of the animosity,
all of the lack of sincerity will come to an end."