In his speech to the United Nations on September 21, 2004, President Bush stumbled into “State Department speak” and evoked the “road map” for peace in the Middle East. He issued a perfunctory call for reform and democracy among Palestinian Arabs, and issued a list of demands on Israel:

“Israel should impose a settlements freeze, dismantle unauthorized outposts, end the daily humiliation of the “Palestinian” people, and avoid any actions that prejudice final negotiations.”

Herbert Zweibon, Chairman of Americans for a Safe Israel, maintains, “This was unfortunate pandering to the Arab and Moslem enemies of America and Israel. How can an area roughly the size of Connecticut be the “root cause” of Islamic terrorism? And why call Israel’s necessary security measures “humiliating?” Was it not better to “humiliate” the Arab homicide bomber who was prevented by the Border Guards from boarding the bus on Wednesday afternoon in Jerusalem, rather than allow her to detonate her bombs on the bus? By detaining her, the deaths and maimings were kept to two deaths and 16 wounded. The numbers would have been horribly higher had she not been “humiliated”.

Zweibon continues, “An underlying question here is, why did President Bush deign to speak before the United Nations? Victor Davis Hanson, in his Wall Street Journal column on Thursday, Sept. 23, 2004, describes the UN as a forum whose “membership is rife with tyrannies, theocracies and Stalinist regimes.For Mr. Bush to talk to such folk about the need to spread liberty means removing from power, or indeed jailing, many of the oppressors sitting in his audience.” Mr. Hanson goes on to describe U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan as “a symbol of all that is wrong with the U.N.”

AFSI’s Chairman concludes, “We decry the fact that President Bush chose to speak to this forum of despots, and to use that forum to attack Israel, the only democratic ally that America has in the Middle East. He should hearken to his own words on November 8, 2001, when he addressed firemen, policemen, and postal workers in Atlanta, Georgia:

‘We are the target of enemies who boast they want to kill, kill all Americans, kill all Jews, and kill all Christians.’

We should acknowledge that most of those enemies now sit in the United Nations.”

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Sept. 23, 2004