This New Year began as it always does, with a speech from UN Secretary General. These speeches usually reek of good will and optimism. How else would an organization that represents a unified planet earth, start a new year? This year however, the speech was incredibly dark and foreboding.
UN Secretary General Guterres said that the world has “gone in reverse”. He then issued ” a red alert for our world.”
As we begin 2018, I call for unity…We can settle conflicts, overcome hatred and defend shared values. But we can only do that together.”
He reflected on the speech he gave a year ago, and surmised that the world’s conflicts have only intensified since then. In addition, he mentioned how nuclear weapon fears have deepened, and so have inequalities and nationalism.
He didn’t mention Trump’s name, but considering that Trump campaigned on inequality and nationalism, I’m sure his speech was directed at Trump. In the past, UN Secretary-General Guterres has vocalized his disagreement with President Trump. The UN rarely addresses the global press, and of course will never voice an opinion against a world leader. However, about a month ago, Guterres told reporters that if Trump went ahead and relocated the Israel embassy to Jerusalem, it would be “a reckless and a dangerous decision that goes against international law and resolutions of the Security Council.”
The middle eastern conflict between Israel and Palestine has been called “the world’s most intractable conflict.” President Trump disrupted fifty years of peace process by ignoring UN sanctions and calling to move the Israeli American embassy to Jerusalem.
Guteres begged leaders “everywhere to make this New Year’s resolution: Narrow the gaps. Bridge the divides. Rebuild trust by bringing people together around common goals.”
Trump rose to power on his charges of nationalism. During the campaign, Trump asked cheering stadiums packed with his supporters, why we pay so much to help other countries when he get nothing in return. Trump also asked them, why we lose as much as we do in our trade deals. In addition, Trump promised his supporters, if elected he would ban all immigrants from coming to our shores and stealing our jobs.
Meanwhile, Trump only hires foreign Visas at his resorts!
America used to be the leader of the world. But now, after America refuses to help other countries, those countries of course must fend for themselves. As a result, this world is far from united nations. Trump has made the world a bunch of feuding islands. Ironically, Trump’s BFF Putin, has similar global plans. Putin is the biggest opponent of a unified EU. Putin would much prefer Russia to border a collection of small defenseless countries than one tremendously wealthy and powerful EU. According to UN Secretary General Guterres, the world is going in the wrong direction. Our president is the conductor, driving us right off the cliff.