Tuesday, September 19, 2017. President Trump delivered his controversial speech to the UN General Assembly. He was talking about democracy, human rights and the US Constitution. He thanked Russia and China for their diplomatic help at the UN Security Council and he “bashed the rogue states – Iran and Venezuela”… Most importantly, he threatened to “totally destroy North Korea” if Kim Jong Un, nick named by Trump as “the rocket man”, dared to attack the United States and its allies:
“Rocket man is on a suicide mission,” he said. “The United States has great strength and patience, but if it is forced to defend itself or its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea.”
Despite the seriousness of the situation (with many people all over the world panicking and expecting World War III to start very soon), I started laughing when I heard Trump call Kim Jong Un “the rocket man”…. Trump’s speech reminded me of the story written by the 19th century Danish (fairy tale) writer Hans Christian Andersen about the naked emperor (“The Emperor’s New Clothes”). The story was about two weavers who promised an emperor a new suit of clothes that they said was invisible to those who were unfit for their positions, stupid, or incompetent. When the emperor paraded before his subjects in his new clothes, no one dared to say that they did not see any suit of clothes on him for fear that they would be seen as “unfit for their positions, stupid, or incompetent”. Finally, a child cried out, “But he isn’t wearing anything at all!”
But let’s get back to being serious…
Nobody really knows if it is good or bad, safe or dangerous to bluntly point out the truth or openly threaten the enemy. One thing I know for sure – our planet is in a great danger – we humans live in lies and it is almost impossible to make any practical change.
If I was in president Trump’s place, I would be more diplomatic… however, I am happy that I am not in his place… I can simply hope that Trump’s speech will be safe enough to preserve world peace.
Listen to his speech and make your own conclusions. And please let us know what you think.
Written by Jurate Gattini
President Donald J. Trump at the 72nd United Nations General Assembly | September 18, 2017 (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead)