I actually ran out earlier today in my slippers (unintentionally but I am pajamas media after all) and picked up a digital recorder so that my readers could hear Bolton uninterrupted, his own words, in their entirety, unedited, which for Bolton is a rare opportunity never afforded him by the MSM.
Regular readers know how relentlessly I advocated for his confirmation. I have an unabashed admiration for Mr. John Bolton.. But I was unaware of his passionate Zionism. Having heard him speak, I was taken aback by his moral clarity, honesty, brilliance and forthrightness....and his matter of fact zionism. It is rare.You become inured to the doublespeak, the antisemitism cloaked in moral equivocation, the propaganda you are force fed on a daily diet listening to politicians, statesmen, world leaders. So when someone speaks straight, honest, to the point - it is so disconcerting and wonderful. In a word, conviction. That's Bolton. Freedom has no greater friend or activist. Listen to the whole speech. It runs about 30 minutes. There is not a wasted word.
A Yale graduate and Yale educated lawyre, Bolton was the key player in repealing the Zionism is racism resolution.
Having spent a few moments with him prior to his taking the dais, he was the direct opposite of the picture painted of him in the mainstream press. He is a statesman and you can't help but get a Churchillian vibe off this guy.
Truth is riveting. Bolton is a man of great stature. His speech was a rallying cry for America, freedom, for Israel. Not ordinary.......uh uh. He had me at his opening line
"when Mort [Klein, ZOA] asked me some months ago, I said you tell me the day and I'll be there.". He had me right there and it only got better.
Listen to his entire speech audio Download Bolton_Speech_final.mp3
hat tip on the audio conversion: Del, free speech
Naive after the repeal of ZR resolution. Because the deep seated anti Israel feeling within the organization did not dissipate. And while some progress has been made but to say that Israel can today still be treated as a normal nation at the UN would be a statement of fantasy.
Cites Iranian President recent remarks and the apathy of the UN in response to them. To make a call for the destruction of Israel or to move the Jews to Europe - these statements must be repudiated when they are made. UN silence unacceptable.
If the security council will not denounce the Netanya bombings, hamas, hizbollah............the United States will issue these condemnations on our own as we just did last week. "So with this explicit criticism of hizbollah in mind we had no intention of fuzzing what we knew the truth to be. We had no intention of agreeing to tone down a statement so it wouldn't name Syria explicitly or Palestinian islamic jihad" "It became clear Algeria would not budge"...if this body can't summon up political courage to state the truth we'll just do it on our own and it's something we plan to do quite regularly in the future" APPLAUSE
Listen to his take on the UN map of 'Palestine' sans Israel,UN management reform, removing Syria from what they consider to be their province - Lebanon, the impending turn of events upon today's released final report of Syria's role in the Hariri assassination (the lead investigatorr Mehlis(photo left with Annan) is operating under constant death threats).......
Notable was Bolton's matter of fact resilience bordering fearlessness;
"the Syrian people deserve democracy", "we have to be unrelenting in our pressure on Syria, unrelenting" ...........listen to it all
UPDATE: December 12 President's Speech today on the War on Terror here
UPDATE: Jubran Tweini's Final Words: "...Lebanon Never Was and Never Will Be Part of Syria..." This is exactly what Boltomn was talking about last night in his remarks on Syria.
The following are excerpts from Lebanese MP and journalist Jubran Tweini's final weekly column, which appeared December 8, 2005 in the Lebanese daily Al-Nahar, of which he was also editor. The column harshly attacks the Syrian regime, and in particular Syrian Foreign Minister Farouq Al-Shar'.
Four days later, on December 12, 2005, Tweini was assassinated.
The Syrian Regime Does Not Want to Acknowledge that Lebanon is Not Part of Syria
Referring to the Shaba' Farms, Tweini wrote: "I wish the Syrian foreign minister would explain to us why he is not interested in sending an official Syrian document to the government of Lebanon to recognize the Shaba' Farms as Lebanese territory ... Why does Minister Al-Shar' insist upon linking the issue of the Shaba' Farms with the liberation of the Golan Heights? The Golan is Syrian land, whereas the Shaba' Farms are Lebanese. Why does the Syrian regime insist, through its foreign ministry and its prime minister, upon not sending such a document?... Doesn't Minister Al-Shar' realize that this policy serves the Israeli policy, which is trying in various ways to remain in all the lands occupied in the 1967 war?
Syria is Afraid of the Truth Coming Out in the International Investigation
Referring to the investigation of the assassination of former Lebanese PM Rafiq Al-Hariri, Tweini wrote: "What objectivity is Minister Al-Shar' talking about, when we see that the moment [the Syrian witness] Husam Husam crossed the Syrian border, the Syrian Information Ministry adopted him in order to use him as an empty, outmoded weapon against the international investigation and against Lebanon?
"Where is the cooperation between Syria and the international investigation commission? How serious is the Syrian investigation committee, which to this day has not listened to Husam Husam?... Syria will be pleased with the international investigation commission in one case only: if Judge Detlev Mehlis concludes that Al-Hariri 'committed suicide' together with Basil Fleihan and their associates, and moreover, that Samir Kassir and George Hawi ['committed suicide'], just like Ghazi Kan'an 'committed suicide', and just like Marwan Hamada and May Shidiaq tried to 'commit suicide,' but did not succeed.(1)
"At any rate, the functioning of the Syrian regime from the onset of the establishment of the international investigation commission points to the Syrian regime's disinterest in an investigation. Rather it is afraid of the truth coming out, bringing disgrace upon it..."
The Syrian Regime is Responsible for the Mass Graves Found in Lebanon
On the mass graves found near the Syrian intelligence headquarters at Anjar, Tweini wrote: "...they constitute a separate issue, distinct from what is known as 'the civil war in Lebanon.' This issue is directly linked to the functioning of the army and intelligence [apparatuses] of [Syria], which claim that they are not a party [in the civil war], but the protector [of Lebanon], whereas, in truth, they were ruthless arch-murderers.
"The Syrian regime alone is responsible for the mass graves at Anjar. This is a crime against humanity, which requires immediate international intervention, an extensive investigation, an international tribunal and trial, unrelated to the crime of Al-Hariri's assassination, which has [already] been defined by the international community as an act of terror...
"The Syrian regime must know... that the tyrannical and evil regimes that perpetrated massacres against humanity were pursued, tried, and brought down! The murder, massacre, and casting [of corpses] into mass graves are not legitimate even in the most criminal wars, [as in the case] of tyrants... [such as] Adolf Hitler, Ceausescu, Milosevic, Saddam Hussein, and the tribal chiefs of Rwanda."
We Choose Loyalty to Lebanon
Tweini concludes: "Sorry, Minister Al-Shar', [but] between loyalty to Syria and loyalty to Lebanon, we choose loyalty to Lebanon...
"On Arab [issues], we have always stood for the just Arab causes, and especially the Palestinian cause and the liberation of the Golan Heights. As for those in Lebanon who prefer loyalty to Syria over loyalty to Lebanon - we consider them not to be in favor of Lebanon or Syria, and thus to serve [the interests] of the enemy of Lebanon and Syria - Israel..."
(1) Basil Fleihan was a Lebanese Member of Parliament and former finance minister who was killed together in the explosion that killed Rafiq Al-Hariri on February 14, 2005. Samir Kassir was an anti-Syrian Lebanese journalist with a regular column in Al-Nahar, who was killed on June 2, 2005 by a bomb planted in his car. George Hawi, a former secretary-general of the Lebanese Communist party, was killed in June 2005 by a bomb planted in his car. Ghazi Kan'an, the Syrian interior minister, was found dead in his office in October 2005, and was alleged to have committed suicide. After his death, there were claims that he had not voluntarily committed suicide, but had been forced to do so by the Syrian regime. Marwan Hamada, a Lebanese MP and former minister, escaped an assassination attempt in October 2004. May Shidiaq, a Lebanese journalist who worked for LBC TV and spoke out against Syrian intervention in Lebanon, escaped an assassination attempt on September 25, 2005, but was critically wounded.
Lawhawk wrote about the Mehlis report and the assassination of yet another anti-Syria Lebanese politician Lebanese MP and journalist Jubran Tweini earlier today.
UPDATE: Syrians Reject Mehlis Report, Point to Al-Hariri's Son, Israel & the "Free Lebanese Government;" Independent Syrian Judicial Website: "Mehlis's Mother was a Jewess" MEMRI
In response to the interim report submitted to the U.N. Security Council by Detlev Mehlis, Commissioner of the UN International Independent Investigation Commission into the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, which stated in Article 203 that "there is converging evidence pointing at both Lebanese and Syrian involvement in this terrorist act," and as the December 12, 2005 deadline for the issuing of an additional report draws near, the Syrian government media has begun accusing various elements of the assassination. Among these elements are Rafiq Al-Hariri's son Sa'd Al-Hariri; the State of Israel; and even an organization called the Government of Free Lebanon, which they allege is operating from Jerusalem in cooperation with the Lebanese government.(1)
John Bolton, take no prisoners.
UPDATE: DECEMBER 13TH: A 'Massive' Anger Engulfs Beirut
UPDATE: DECMEBER 17TH: This just in from of all place, al jyz;
Mehlis: Syria killed al-Hariri
The outgoing chief of the UN investigation into the murder of Rafiq al-Hariri, the former Lebanese prime minister, has said he is convinced that Syria was responsible for the murder.