“Peace is Hard”

That is the key quote from President Obama, who spoke today to the General Assembly of the United Nations. In his speech the President spoke of the importance of establishing sustainable peace, quoting Franklin Roosevelt in saying “We have got to make, not merely peace, but a peace that will last.” He praised the recent events in nations like Libya, Egypt, Tunisia, Cote d’Ivoire, and South Sudan and he urged the Security Council to sanction Syria for its brutal crackdown on protesters that has left more than a thousand dead. While he expressed support for the eventual creation of an independent Palestine, he emphasized that “genuine peace can only be realized between the Israelis and the Palestinians themselves.” He called on Assembly to recognize the fundamental facts regarding past events, specifically the struggles of the Jewish people, making a not so subtle reference to the Holocaust denialism of Iranian leader Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Over the next few days the General Assembly is expected to take up a vote on whether to recognize Palestinian statehood. However, the US has vowed to use its veto power to block Palestinian entry to the UN if the measure succeeds.

Posted by Max Viscio

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