You’ve probably heard the term “oxymoron” before.
It describes something that by its very nature is a contradiction in terms.
Like “Government assistance”
Or “military intelligence”
Or a “short sermon”.
I’d like to suggest that we can add another classic example to our list –
“The United Nations”.
Almost from its inception the UN has been a model of disunity on a global scale.
The UN has made agreeing to disagree in as disagreeable way as possible into an art form.
With one glaring exception.
The UN does seem to agree that the whole world would be a lot better off if Israel didn’t exist.
In fact, the key note speaker at this weekend’s UN Conference on Racism was none other than a man who has turned Anti-Semitism into a career, Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejhad.
Unless the purpose of this “Conference On Racism” was a “How-to”, I could not think of a more divisive, inflammatory, demagogue to hand a microphone to than our friend Mahmoud.
But in the spirit of endless patience and tolerance for all points of view (even those in favor of genocide), UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon met with Ahmadinejhad and counseled restraint.
Iran’s leader sparks Western walkout at UN meeting
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Ahmadinejad restarted his talk and delivered a speech that lasted more than a half-hour, saying the United States and Europe had helped establish Israel after World War II at the expense of Palestinians.
“They resorted to military aggression to make an entire nation homeless under the pretext of Jewish suffering,” he said.
That prompted a walkout by some 40 diplomats from Britain and France and other European countries that had threatened to leave the conference if it descended into anti-Semitism or other rhetoric harshly critical of Israel, which marred the U.N.’s last racism gathering eight years ago in South Africa.
The United States and eight other Western countries were already boycotting the event because of concerns about its fairness.
Ahmadinejad went on to accuse Israel of being the “most cruel and repressive racist regime.”
The reaction from the UN Secretary-General?
Ban later said he was disappointed the speech was used “to accuse, divide and even incite,” directly opposing the aim of the meeting.
“It was a very troubling experience for me as a secretary-general,” he said. “It was a totally unacceptable situation.”
The Israeli Foreign Ministry condemned the speech and Ban’s meeting with Ahmadinejad.
“It is unfortunate that U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon deemed it appropriate to meet with the greatest Holocaust denier of our time,” the Foreign Ministry said. “This matter is especially severe, as it took place on the eve of Holocaust Memorial Day.”
To paraphrase Louis Renault in the classic movie “Casablanca” – Ki-moon was “shocked, SHOCKED to find anti-Semitism going on in here!”
Mr. Ahmadinejhad has made it abundantly plain where he and his regime stands in relation to Israel.
He has called the state of Israel “a cancer that must be wiped off the map”.
It is also amazing that our own State Department believes that a man like Ahmadinejhad can be reasoned with.
His government is fueled by a vision of a coming Muslim messiah who will arrive when the world is in the midst of war and chaos.
What better way to fulfill their expectations than to develop a weapon that can take out six million Jews in six minutes?
In the years before World War II there were those who saw the rise in popularity and power of Adolf Hitler in Germany.
They took the time to read his treatise “Mein Kampf” and warned that this was a threat to be taken seriously.
After the Blitzkreig, the fall of France and the daily bombing of London became bitter realities, the people who were sounding the alarm (like Winston Churchill) looked like prophets.
Do you see any similarities to our situation today?
At every turn Ahmadinejhad has shown his true intentions to all who are willing to see them.
But like Ban Ki-moon, there are far too many in power who simply don’t want to believe what he is clearly saying.
For a number of reasons, I believe that Iran will suffer a serious set back in its nuclear ambitions in the coming months.
But the passionate hatred of Israel, fueled by a false teaching about the End Times will continue.
It will eventually lead Iran to a prominent role in the predicted massive Last Days invasion of a restored Israel.
And unfortunately for the people of Iran, it will lead to a personal encounter with the judgment of the true and living God Who watches over the Jewish people (See Ezekiel 38-39).
And fortunately for the people of Israel, God is still in control.
I will lift up my eyes to the hills—
From whence comes my help?
My help comes from the LORD,
Who made heaven and earth.
He will not allow your foot to be moved;
He who keeps you will not slumber.
Behold, He who keeps Israel
Shall neither slumber nor sleep.
The LORD is your keeper;
The LORD is your shade at your right hand.
The sun shall not strike you by day,
Nor the moon by night.
The LORD shall preserve you from all evil;
He shall preserve your soul.
The LORD shall preserve your going out and your coming in
From this time forth, and even forevermore. (Psalm 121)
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