Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Ban Ki-moon's Deplorable General Assembly Address

Ban Ki-moon’s Deplorable General Assembly Address

by Stephen Lendman

Washington installed him to serve its interests, impartial leadership forbidden at the world body, Ban a loyal imperial servant throughout his tenure, to be well rewarded when stepping down at yearend.

His September 20 General Assembly address followed the US propaganda playbook, a deplorable example of fealty to higher power controlling him - reading the script his imperial handlers handed him.

He disgracefully blamed Syria for Obama’s war, demagogically blaming a victimized country for imperial crimes.

“(T)he government of Syria…continues to barrel bomb (sic) neighborhoods and systematically torture thousands of detainees,” he ranted - barely stopping short of blaming its government and Russia for the Monday US-supported humanitarian convoy terrorist attack, instead of laying blame where it belongs.

He practically called for illegally ousting democratically elected/overwhelmingly popular Bashar al-Assad, saying “the future of Syria should not rest on the fate of a single man” - instead of saying international law affirms the right of Syrians alone to decide who’ll lead them, free from outside interference.

He issued no apology for ten deplorable years as UN secretary-general, a disgraceful imperial tool throughout his tenure.

He lied saying he’s “been a proud defender of the rights of all people…” He lied claiming upholding human rights topped his agenda. 

He lied claiming the pro-Western International Criminal Court and other world bodies “advanced accountability.”

He failed to explain humanitarian intervention and responsibility to protect are code words, justifying unjustifiable US-led war on humanity.

He lied saying he supports “freedoms of assembly and expression.” He feigned concern for Palestinian rights he doesn’t give a damn about.

He blamed North Korea for acting in its own self-defense against America and its rogue allies, threatening its security and survival.

He failed to condemn Ukraine’s US-installed, Nazi-infested putschist regime, waging war on its own people.

He ignored Washington’s responsibility for the severest refugee crisis since WW II, its imperial wars displacing many millions.

He lied claiming “inroads (made) against the death penalty” - US imperial wars the clearest example of its industrial scale use.

Throughout his 10-year tenure, world conditions became more violent and unstable, US imperial wars he supports bearing full responsibility.

Syria’s Foreign Ministry reacted to his deplorable pro-Western views on continuing conflict in its country, saying:

The Syrian Arab Republic stresses its commitment to the right of the Syrian people in determining their future in accordance with the UN’s Charter.”

“The UN, during the term of Ban Ki-moon, has deviated from its role in reaching fair solutions to the current international issues and couldn’t solve any international problem.”

“Rather the accusations and cries of the oppressed people due to the UN’s bias towards dominating states echoed loud in protest of the UN and Ban Ki-moon’s stances.”

“(W)e hoped that Ban Ki-moon’s last statement would be ‘significant,’ “ - accurately summarizing his record as UN Secretary-General. 

He failed to explain he was and remains a loyal spear carrier for empire, an enemy of peace and stability, an apologist for genocidal wars, criminally culpable for violating UN Charter principles he swore to uphold.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at 

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