Friday, September 25, 2009

U.N. General Assembly

"Nothing is easier than blaming others for our troubles"- President Barack Obama

Leaders from across the planet , both allies and adversaries of the US, made their pitches before the UN General Assembly, held at the United Nations Headquarters. I entered on 46th street and first avenue- the Media entrance- breaking the police barriers that surrounded the entire area. Nuclear weapons, the failing world economy and peaceful relations the most talked about topics.

The city was blocked down and the sky was bright and clean. I've never ever seen this much electronic equipment and journalists and correspondents from all over the world in one place all together. I had to stand in line for over an hour to get my print ticket for the GA Hall and see Obama. Actually, this group from Nippon Television gave me a hard time cutting in front of me.

Moammar Gadhafi, Nicolas Sarkozy, Dmitry Medvev and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad took their turns at the lecterns. The US delegation walked out on the Iranian leader's speech, but Ahmadinejad was perhaps encouraged by Obama's willingness to engage him and said he would "shake all those hands which are honestly extended to us". Widely condemned for his anti-Israel rethoric, he assailed the Jewish state for what he said was a barbaric attack on the Gaza strip last winter.

Obama urged multilateralism in a new era. He declared that the burden of creating a better world should not be solely a  US responsibility.  "Those who used to chastise America for acting alone in the world cannot now stand by and wait for America to solve the world's problems alone" he said. "Nothing is easier than blaming others for our troubles". 


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