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The UN and the Monster in the Room

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By *Peter Koenig


There are no words, other than Monster, not even human monster, that can describe Trump's appearance before the UN General Assembly last Tuesday, 19 September.

It's of no use to go through details of the insults he yelled at the word -- many others have explained and analyzed that already -- and done it well -- remains to say that what Trump demonstrated with threats of total devastation of North Korea, war against Iran, total asphyxiation of Venezuela, regime change in Syria -- and more -- is sheer criminal, war criminal behavior.

Pledging for respect of nations' sovereignty, yet threatening the world at large -- except for Israel -- with total annihilation if it doesn't follow Washington's orders, is pure hypocrisy; it has never been expressed as desperately before the entire UN body of nations as did Trump last Monday. While some of his predecessors have not talked kindly to this league of nations, expressing threats, lies and humiliations, the extent of Trump's atrocious behavior has no precedent in the history of the UN.

The ongoing US indiscriminate killing around the globe -- tens of millions of people in the last 70 years alone -- plus these ferocious, insane threats, and economic strangulations through illegal sanctions, are ripe for a new Nuremburg type tribunal.

It is a typical and dangerous conduct for a dying beast. Lashing out at its surroundings, at the world, as it were -- for intimidation, disgrace and foremost to pull as many as possible with the dying monster into its self-made grave.

But the burning question that we have to ask ourselves, is this: Why did almost nobody, save for Iran and North Korea and perhaps one or the other country representative, walk out?

Why did of the more than 180 nations who wish and desire the final demise of this murderous empire, not dare to exit the room of the Monster, the General Assembly, and let Trump speak and yell atrocities to empty walls and to himself?

The New York Times reports that "world leaders were stoic and quiet, barely reacting to his remarks about their countries."

Why? Out of fear? What fear? -- Could and would this military dictatorship, run by "Mad Dog" et al, a top brass military junta, destroy the world as we know it? -- I don't think so.

Is it for the money, because the US is currently footing almost a quarter of the UN budget and is threatening to withdraw her funding, if the UN is not "restructured," meaning, to become a total puppet of Washington and its deep state? -- I don't think so. Indeed, by 22 September 2017, the USofA had not paid her dues.

Every halfway sane nation knows that the UN already today is barely more than a stooge to Washington, so are most of the UN specialized agencies and international courts that were once created with good intentions, I hope to believe.

So, then why?

Wouldn't walking out have been a clear act of world solidarity, of a world that stands for peace and not for eternal war, not for a weapons and military based economy, but one that thrives on peace, on people's development and wellbeing?

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