|They've forgotten exactly what it is they were created to do, so Dubya smacks them upside the head with it.|
[...] The principles of this world beyond terror can be found in the very first sentence of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This document declares that the "equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom and justice and peace in the world." One of the authors of this document was a Lebanese diplomat named Charles Malik, who would go on to become President of this Assembly. Mr. Malik insisted that these principles apply equally to all people, of all regions, of all religions, including the men and women of the Arab world that was his home.
Apparently they forgot about that whole justice thing and that the rights of the minority aren't more important than the rest of the worlds'.
Dubya even gives a smack to the disinformation being blabbed by the left.
[...] Today, I'd like to speak directly to the people across the broader Middle East: My country desires peace. Extremists in your midst spread propaganda claiming that the West is engaged in a war against Islam. This propaganda is false, and its purpose is to confuse you and justify acts of terror. We respect Islam, but we will protect our people from those who pervert Islam to sow death and destruction. Our goal is to help you build a more tolerant and hopeful society that honors people of all faiths and promote the peace.
Key words here: "Help you build." Your religion and culture has been hijacked by extremists crazies and you need to reclaim it. Fast. We'll help, but we need you to take your religion of peace back from the people who've turned it into the religion of killing people who disagree with us.
And he closes strong, reminding the rest of the world that they need to pick up the pace and help preserve the freedoms we've come to cherish.
[...] Freedom, by its nature, cannot be imposed -- it must be chosen. From Beirut to Baghdad, people are making the choice for freedom. And the nations gathered in this chamber must make a choice, as well: Will we support the moderates and reformers who are working for change across the Middle East -- or will we yield the future to the terrorists and extremists? America has made its choice: We will stand with the moderates and reformers.
Recently a courageous group of Arab and Muslim intellectuals wrote me a letter. In it, they said this: "The shore of reform is the only one on which any lights appear, even though the journey demands courage and patience and perseverance." The United Nations was created to make that journey possible. Together we must support the dreams of good and decent people who are working to transform a troubled region -- and by doing so, we will advance the high ideals on which this institution was founded.
Aside from a lone statement placating the Palestinians as having to deal with "the daily humiliation of occupation", it was a good speech.
Follow the link to read the transcript.