The Free World Has A New Leader

Bookmark and Share    After days of highly publicized speeches given at the opening of the United Nations’ general assembly, one man has emerged as the true leader of the free world.  In between speeches from leaders sane and Benjamin Netanyahu, Leader of the Free Worldinsane of  nations large and small, rich and poor, powerful and weak, one person demonstrated himself to be a man of truth and justice, a leader who will stand by and for freedom no matter what the cost. 

Throughout modern history, the United States was home to such leaders.  For a century or more, with few exceptions, those who led the United States have had so much faith in freedom and fortitude that through word and deed they clearly were true leaders of the free world.  We had Presidents who spoke softly but carried big sticks and never made excuses for freedom or democracy. 

Yesterday, such a man came forward once again, but it was not the leader of the world’s most powerful nation.  It was not the President of the nation known as the world’s beacon of freedom.  It was the democratically elected leader of a tiny nation in the Middle East. 

In his first appearance before the global union, President Barack Obama excused America’s past and promised to not go it alone.  He offered tyrants and terrorists a hand of friendship and a seat at the table.  In essence, America’s President compromised freedom for the appeasement of those who oppose freedom.

And then came Israel’s Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu.

In what was one of the most frank, lucid and truthful speeches that the world’s diplomatic body has ever heard, this man of the tiny and young nation of Israel made it clear that freedom is not to be compromised and that the defense of freedom will never be apologized for.

Facing those who would rewrite history, Netanyahu took the general assembly gathered before him through a history lesson.  He waved in his hands the very documents that described how his people would be exterminated.  He spoke of the locations in Germany where Jews were slaughtered and where he was shown the pages that contained the orders which exterminated six million Jews.  He presented before the world the written orders the set in motion the genocide of Jews.  Orders which contained the signature of  Hitler’s deputy,  Heinrich Himmler.

Appearing after Iran’s Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who once again denied the atrocities of the holocaust, Netanyahu said…

“Yesterday, the man who calls the Holocaust a lie spoke from this podium. To those who refused to come here and to those who left this room in protest, I commend you. You stood up for moral clarity and you brought honor to your countries.  But to those who gave this Holocaust-denier a hearing, I say on behalf of my people, the  Jewish people, and decent people everywhere: Have you no shame? Have you no decency?”

The question is one that requires an answer.  Which nation’s of the world will accept those who deny the truth of history?  Which nation’s are willing to overlook the truth in order to appease those who want freedom abridged?

Unlike President Obama, Netanyahu did not blur the lines between good and evil.  Netanyahu did not apologize for standing alone in defending against the liars and terrorists who would repeat the worst of histories atrocities if given the chance.

Unlike President Obama, Prime Minister Netanyahu did not pretend that we are one, when clearly we are not.  He did not put up a façade of false friendships between those who wish to be free and compassionate and those who seek to control and kill.  In his own words, speaking of the radical religious fundamentalists and rogue regimes that dot the globe Netanyahu said…..

“Wherever they can, they impose a backward regimented society where women, minorities, gays or anyone not deemed to be a true believer is brutally subjugated. The struggle against this fanaticism does not pit faith against faith nor civilization against civilization.  It pits civilization against barbarism, the 21st century against the 9th century, those who sanctify life against those who glorify death.”

Few words uttered in the cavernous arena of the UN ever rang more true than those.  Yet they were not the words of the leader of the superpower which saw three thousand of its own people killed in one day at the hands of those barbarians who hate civilization.  They were the words of a tiny nation’s leader.  A tiny civilized nation which lives in the shadow of barbarians.  They were spoken by the leader of a small nation whose willingness to say the truth and deal with the truth showed him to be the true leader of the free world. 

Without ignoring the truth, without blurring the lines between right and wrong or oppression and freedom, Israel’s Netanyahu brought the realities of the world we live in to the forefront and asked a simple question.  It is one that he offered as the representative of a people and nation that confront the evils of freedom hating extremists everyday, but it is one that all true believers in freedom and democracy can ask of themselves.  Sadly, it is a question that under President Obama’s leadership, we must even ask of our nation. Netanyahu asked….

“Will you stand with Israel or with the terrorists? We must know the answer to that question now – not later. If Israel is asked to take more risks for peace, we must know today that you will stand with us tomorrow. We can take further risks for peace only if we have confidence that we can defend ourselves.”

Our own nation once asked the same question of others.  We once knew that pursing peace was noble but that taking our security for granted in the pursuit of peace was stupidity.  We once had leaders who offered trust but only after it was verified.  We once drew a clear distinction between civilization and barbarism. Today our nation’s leaders seek to discount and disregard wrongdoing and acts of evil for the sake of harmony.  They want  global unity and ask  us to hold hands even if the hand we are asked to hold is stained with the blood of freedom loving neighbors. 

America no longer houses “the” leader of the free world.   Today that person lives in Israel, and he is their leader, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

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Below, you can view Prime Minister Netanyahu’s speech in its entireity, broken down in to four parts: 
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Part III
 
Part IV
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4 responses to “The Free World Has A New Leader

  1. Netanyahu is a sociopath.

  2. Laphoque

    First of all, I want to thank you for being so respectful in your comment. Sometimes I get anxious with the prospect of confrontation.

    The reason I said it is short-sighted to view the world in black and white is precisely because I do feel that these things are wrong. However, I also know that morality is subjectively defined by culture. It is easy to see acts of brutality as carried out by evil men who must be made to change or be eliminated, but the more difficult thought process involves asking questions about why this happened and how we can avoid it in the future.

    Your solution as president actually sounds good. As a matter of fact, it sounds very much like what our government set out to do after 9/11. Who could have known, though, that attempting to “align many of the most influential nations together in a course of action that, united we would follow through on in regards to rogue regimes, and sponsors of terrorism” would result in such worldwide resentment and catastrophe? How could we foresee that “the use of force to the extent of precise targeted strikes on the installations that allow these rogue governments to be a threat” would end up killing so many civilians and American troops while simultaneously stirring up a hornets nest of sectarian violence and corrupt ineffective civilian governments? Your solution sounds simple, but we have learned over and over again that world politics rarely is. Perhaps the explanation exists in the definition of diplomacy, which you mention twice in your post: the employment of tact to find mutually acceptable solutions to a common challenge. The problem is that “mutually acceptable solutions” are nearly impossible to achieve when 6 billion people are intimately involved in the challenge.

  3. Let me ask you this. Was 9/11 right or wrong? Is it not very clear cut that the acts that created the horrors of 9/11 were wrong? If it is not than it should be because there most certainly is a “solid line down the center” in between right and wrong and mlost things in tghis world, ESPECIALLY terroroism. As President I would first use diplomatic influence to align many of the most influential nations together in a course of action that, united we woulod follow through on in regards to rogue regimes, and sponsolrs of terrorism. Once that is done to the best possible extent I would offer through diplomatic channels, nations like Iran and North Korea, the chance to hear us out and be told of what consequences they face if they do not drop their sinsiter intentions and involvement in violent actions. These would be severe sanctions. Sanctions that would isolate these nations and be spread to those nations that refuse to participate in those sanctions. If sncriona do not work, than I woulld explore the use of force to the extent of precise targeted strikes on the installations that allow these rogue governments to be a threat.

  4. Laphoque

    It is extraordinarily short-sighted to see right and wrong as existing with a solid line down the center, especially on the world stage. The amount of complexities inherent in a system which speaks to over 6 billion individuals is staggering, and only a fool would try to simplify it into some sort of morality tale. Netanyahu is scared and emotional, which is understandable taking everything into consideration, but you should be grateful that the leader of the most powerful nation in the world is level-headed, mature, and capable of making pragmatic decisions.

    May I ask what you would do if you were president? Seriously, I am not trying to bait you. I am curious.

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