The full text of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad`s speech to the UN General Assembly last week was printed in the Israeli newspaper, Haaretz (September 25, 2008).
Although our Founding Fathers would have comprehended and endorsed Ahmadinejad`s speech to the United Nations, present-day Americans would find it strange should they happen to hear about it.
Unlike their forbears, Americans today live a material life, not a spiritual one. Americans are far too likely to dismiss Ahmadinejad`s words about obeisance to God and justice as the mumbo-jumbo of an "Islamist extremist."
The hubris of Americans and
their belief in
Ahmadinejad echoes the
statements of other world leaders when he says that
that cannot subdue
The bailout of the
The bailout of the
Last week the
Financial Times reported that Peer Steinbruck,
the Finance Minister of
Steinbruck is being charitable.
Is Ahmadinejad correct in his view that, with the waning of American hegemonic power, the world is on the verge of a better, more humane, and more just world?
I wonder. Many Americans think
of themselves as hard-nosed realists. They believe
that it is a dog-eat-dog world: We have to get
before they get us. This paranoid view is the
Neocons and macho Republicans think we don`t win
our wars because we lack the courage to use enough
force. They believe that the
To accommodate this blood-lust,
the Bush Pentagon revised
Which vision of the future will
win out? Ahmadinejad`s policy of peaceful
co-existence or neoconservative desires for American
world dominance? The chance is too high
for comfort that the hubris and arrogance of the
People of good will hope that
Ahmadinejad and Steinbruck`s views will prevail and
that the rest of the world will wake up and ask if
they want to continue financing
The day the foreign bankers turn off the credit spigot to the US Treasury, American arrogance will be tamed.
Paul Craig Roberts [email him] was Assistant Secretary of the Treasury during President Reagan`s first term. He was Associate Editor of the Wall Street Journal. He has held numerous academic appointments, including the William E. Simon Chair, Center for Strategic and International Studies, Georgetown University, and Senior Research Fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford University. He was awarded the Legion of Honor by French President Francois Mitterrand. He is the author of Supply-Side Revolution : An Insider`s Account of Policymaking in Washington; Alienation and the Soviet Economy and Meltdown: Inside the Soviet Economy, and is the co-author with Lawrence M. Stratton of The Tyranny of Good Intentions : How Prosecutors and Bureaucrats Are Trampling the Constitution in the Name of Justice. Click here for Peter Brimelow`s Forbes Magazine interview with Roberts about the recent epidemic of prosecutorial misconduct.