President Donald Trump who, during his election campaign, used to call the United Nations a club, addressed its first General Assembly in a manner very different from most of his predecessors. By raising the internal problem of Venezuela and ignoring the grave crisis of Rohingya Refugees in Myanmar, he only exposed his poor and biased world-view.
In Venezuela, the opponents of President Nicolas Maduro have taken to the streets to seek his ouster. That is just an internal affair of the country and it is not a threat to world peace, nor is it an issue to be debated on an international platform. Even its immediate neighbours are not affected. Perhaps Trump mistook 193-member General Assembly to 35-member Organisation of American States.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 21, 2017
The tone and tenor of his speech against North Korea equated him with its dictator Kim Jong-un. There was nothing statesman-like in the speech delivered by the leader who wishes to make America a great nation again. The address was, in a way, an extension of his election campaign speeches.
He also criticized the Nuclear Deal achieved between Iran and six world powers (the US, the UK, Russia, France, China and Germany) in 2015. But since the Deal was led by the US government on one side and Iran on the other, Mr. Trump by opposing it, actually questioned the legitimacy of the Obama administration under which the deal was achieved. In a way, he also flayed the other five world powers.
Thus, by one speech, he isolated himself from all the prominent world leaders, when the need is for global consensus on all burning issues.
He offered no solution for the mess created by the successive governments of the United States in Syria, Libya, Iraq and Afghanistan.
He reiterated that the United States is spending too much on the United Nations. But it needs to be reminded that it is the United States which has used the United Nations most to achieve its own global objectives.
What Mr. Trump needs to be counselled is that the General Assembly is not a platform for war rhetoric, as podiums during election campaigns use to be. Global leaders assemble there to discuss constructive solutions on knotty issues. Mr. Trump offered nothing for Myanmar. Instead, he opened a new front in Venezuela. Perhaps he is not aware that Hugo Chavez had died on 5 March, 2013.
Sarim Ahmed is a trainee journalist associated with ‘The Morning Chronicle’. He is very young and budding in the field of journalism. International affairs is his one of the favourite subjects. If you like this piece, do not hesitate to appreciate Sarim at firstname.lastname@example.org.