United Nations General Assembly president Miguel d'Escoto Brockmann held a press conference on March 17th, attended by FrontPage Magazine, which presented a window into the mind of this dedicated Marxist. The former Catholic priest may be older, but he is no wiser since he was suspended from his priestly duties by the Vatican two decades ago and reprimanded by the late Pope John Paul II for his involvement with the left-wing Nicaraguan Sandinistas.
Brockmann staunchly defended two of the world’s worst dictators and bashed two of the world’s most robust democracies.
Brockmann briefed reporters on his recent pilgrimage, of a sort, to Iran, Syria, Finland, China, Bahrain, and Switzerland. During Brockmann’s stop in Tehran, where he visited with his good friend Iranian President Ahmadinejad, he attended the tenth summit of a regional group founded by Iran, Pakistan and Turkey known as the Economic Cooperation Organization.
One of the topics Brockmann discussed with his hosts was a high-level UN meeting in June 2009 that he is organizing on the fallout of the global economic crisis, which he blames on the United States’ greedy capitalist system. Brockmann’s team of hand-picked experts is charged with coming up with proposals for the June meeting to replace the “insanity of financial capitalism,” as Brockmann once put it, with “a new economic architecture for the world.” Iran’s idea of ditching the dollar as the main global reserve currency is reportedly one of those proposals.
In reporting at the press conference on his visit with Iran’s president, Brockmann had nothing but effusive praise for Ahmadinejad. He said that Ahmadinejad is greatly “respected” by all of his neighbors while being unfairly vilified in the United States.
"That was a very wonderful experience to see that, in contrast to the attitude that we find, sadly, here where we are," Brockmann told reporters. “Ahmadinejad has been demonized. The United States has been in the business of the demonization of people…and the canonization of the worst of dictators.”
Brockmann denied any knowledge of Ahmadinejad’s notorious call for Israel to be eliminated from the world map. He did say that he would not approve of such a remark if it had been made. However, in the next breath he dismissed the seriousness of the threat to wipe out a member state of the United Nations by declaring that “words don’t kill.”
Second on the General Assembly president’s honor roll after Ahmadinejad was Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, the mass murderer of innocent civilians whom he praised for supposedly initiating peace talks with the main rebel group in Darfur. Brockmann criticized the recent decision by the International Criminal Court (ICC) to issue an arrest warrant for al-Bashir as “unfortunate” and “lamentable”. Brockmann said that the Court’s decision to hold al-Bashir accountable for his war crimes and crimes against humanity “helps to deepen a perception that international justice is racist”. To make sure there was no misunderstanding on where he stood on the issue, Brockmann went on to say that the decision reflects the West’s “arrogant, traditional attitude.” When asked whether he thought it was appropriate for the president of the General Assembly to criticize the ICC’s actions in this manner, Brockmann asserted without any proof that he was speaking on behalf of the “immense majority” of UN member states.
In response to a question from a Nigerian journalist as to why his opposition to the ICC’s decision was at odds with the majority of suffering Darfur civilians who supported the decision, Brockmann blew off the whole premise of the question by replying that his views were in concert with the leaders of the Arab League and African Union. Then he launched into a nasty personal attack on President George W. Bush for having been the first world leader to charge the Sudanese leadership with committing genocide in Darfur.
"That should tell you quite a bit already. Can you imagine Al Capone calling the police to say that somebody stole milk from the market? It's Al Capone standing for uprightness," said Brockmann in comparing the former president of the United States with the Chicago mobster.
Not surprisingly, the only countries that Brockmann denounced during his press conference were the United States and Israel. He condemned the U.S. decision six years ago to use military force in Iraq without the UN Security Council’s approval as the main reason for the UN’s problems today. The United States, he contended, “dares to stick its tongue out at the Security Council and says you either give me the green light to commit the aggression that I want to commit, or I shall declare you obsolete, irrelevant.” Brockmann conveniently forgets that it was Saddam Hussein who stuck his tongue out at the Security Council for more than a decade, as Brockmann’s pals in Iran are doing today.
Though professing that he does not hate Israel, Brockmann continued his long record of castigating the Jewish state nevertheless. When asked by FrontPage Magazine about his support for a campaign of boycott, divestment and sanctions against Israel, Brockmann at first denied “that I ever did that” but then quickly added that the more he contemplated the “lifestyle imposed on Palestinians”, the more he tended to “think about apartheid” as the appropriate characterization of Israel’s actions.
For the record, Brockmann has done more than just “think” about apartheid in relation to Israel. At a UN plenary session held on November 28, 2008 to observe the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, for example, the General Assembly’s leader invoked the model of boycott, divestment and sanctions used against the apartheid South African regime as one that should be followed “to pressure Israel to end its violations.”
Brockmann believes that the Hamas terrorists are essentially blameless for what happened in Gaza. At his press conference he told reporters that we must engage with Hamas because “peace begins with respect for everyone.” This sentiment expresses in a nutshell what is wrong with the United Nations in general. Dictators and terrorists do not deserve any respect at all, much less to be treated as the moral equals of democracies.
Perhaps Brockmann should pick up a copy of the Hamas Charter to educate himself on Hamas’s concept of respect for peaceful dialogue. Their charter says that “so-called peaceful solutions and international conferences, are in contradiction to the principles of the Islamic Resistance Movement…There is no solution for the Palestinian question except through Jihad. Initiatives, proposals and international conferences are all a waste of time and vain endeavors.”
Obviously, Hamas does not share Brockmann’s “respect for everyone” mantra. However, that does not stop Brockmann from placing all the blame for the Gaza casualties on Israel’s shoulders. In fact, he announced that he intends to convene yet another in an endless series of General Assembly sessions to discuss Israel’s alleged atrocities.
The good news is that Miguel d'Escoto Brockmann’s term as president of the General Assembly will end this September. The bad news is that the Libyan UN ambassador Ali Triki is favored to take over the presidency from September 2009 to September 2010. At the same time, Libya will continue occupying a seat on the Security Council.
Just as Brockmann has served ultra-leftist Nicaraguan president Ortega for many years, Ali Triki has been Qaddafi’s aide-de-camp through Libya’s darkest period as an Islamic terrorist state. We will hardly see any difference at the General Assembly between the two men since the hard left and the Islamists share the same anti-Western, anti-Semitic agenda.