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February 15, 2013

Ban Ki Moon Is A Bad Diplomat

UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon had a diplomatic disastrous interview with the Washington Post.

The piece about it is mostly a write up and not a transcript. We must thereby assume that the Washington Post, not always knows for accuracy, might have edited some of the quotes out of context. Still it is incredible that the UN Secretary General would allow such to be published:

The United Nations must be decisive and swift in judging whether diplomacy can resolve world concerns about Iran’s nuclear program, U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said Thursday, or invite the risk that Iran, like North Korea, will use talks as a cover to build a bomb.

In an interview with The Washington Post, Ban said he wants to accelerate diplomatic talks with Iran and give them new urgency.
“We should not give much more time to the Iranians, and we should not waste time,” Ban said. “We have seen what happened with the DPRK.”

Ban Ki Moon will know the repeatedly confirmed united opinion of all 16 U.S. intelligence agencies that Iran does not have a nuclear weapon program. How can he then, as the head of the organization which is tasked keep the world at peace, talk such a nonsense?
The U.N. Security Council must “show a firm, decisive and effective, quick response,” Ban said, that makes plain to Iran that the rest of the world is not convinced that it is not seeking nuclear weapons.
What is that? A call for war against Iran for weapons of mass destruction that do not exist?

Has Ban Ki Moon additional brain defects?

The WaPo commentators to that piece are not amused: "SharpDiamond" wrote:

It seems the UN secretary general Mr "Moon" has stopped taking his meds. What is WHO doing?
"justnfree" concludes:
I guess that shows how neutral UN is. Any word about Israeli nuclear arsenal?
The former Indian ambassador K.P. Fabian remarks:
The UN SG is talking through his hat.
He wants to ensure that the forthcoming talks will be fruitless by threatening and abusing Iran.
Why not start bombing?
Sad that UN SG is advocating war!
Ambassador K P Fabian
I hope that Ban Ki Moon will hear likewise from other diplomats, especially from Sergej Lavrov and his Chinese colleague.

Apropos Lavrov - here is a one hour interview (in English) with the Russian foreign minister about Syria by the German public TV station ARD. (If you do want to listen to the full hour skip to the last 8 or 10 minutes.) (Edit with thanks to Parviziyi: English transcript) Lavrov shows that he has, unlike Ban Ki Moon, the knowledge of details, the thoughtfulness and strategic perspective any real diplomat should have.

Posted by b on February 15, 2013 at 15:36 UTC | Permalink


You would think that a UN Secretary General would have more important things to do than just promote Zionist propaganda...

Posted by: JohnH | Feb 15 2013 16:00 utc | 1

BK-M was foreign minister in the same government that gunned down 2000 students. He has proven to be a real democrat.

Posted by: k_w | Feb 15 2013 16:01 utc | 2

Banki Moon is a space cadet, the man is a tool, a flunkie. A brick is smarter than this guy, he's a flower pot. Can somebody just slap him and place another SG, he 's useless.

Posted by: Fernando | Feb 15 2013 16:08 utc | 3

"...the repeatedly confirmed united opinion of all 16 U.S. intelligence agencies..."

The U.S. has way more intelligence agencies than that but they are all secret.

Posted by: Ken Nari | Feb 15 2013 16:37 utc | 4

Ban Ki Moon is Korean for "small lap dog".

Posted by: вот так | Feb 15 2013 18:29 utc | 5

And the president of the UN General Assembly is a Qatari, up to his ears in terrorism in Syria, while the head of the IAEA is a Japanese product of the same corrupt nuclear village that brought us Fukushima, and hosed it down with whitewash.
All these repulsive apparathciki are served up to us by the US which bribes, intimidates, blackmails as it pushes its candidates into positions where they can sell out humanity and subvert morality.
All of which has been confirmed by Wikileaks which is why the imperialists and their allies, from the KKK to the (UK)SWP, hate Julian Assange so much.

Posted by: bevin | Feb 15 2013 19:08 utc | 6

I never knew he could talk -- this is the first thing I ever heard the dude say!

US lapdog

and US is Israel's mini-me

Posted by: Clint | Feb 15 2013 19:51 utc | 7

Netanyahu's household accounts show that in 2012 he budgeted 10,000 shekels (about £1,750) for ice-cream bought by his staff from a Jerusalem parlour, according to a report in the financial daily Calcalist. This budget affords the leader and his family 14kg of ice-cream a month.

Posted by: Obomber | Feb 15 2013 20:52 utc | 9

From the article nikon posted in #8:

"His mother, and wife, Eryou Chen"

His mother is also his wife? I guess that is slightly better than the young boys and goats that zionist stooges usually favour...

Posted by: вот так | Feb 15 2013 21:27 utc | 10

US embassy vehicle hits two; one dies

"ISLAMABAD: One of the two men who were run down by a US embassy vehicle died in the hospital here on Thursday night, Geo News reported.

Reportedly a car bearing a diplomatic registration plate hit two men earlier leaving them seriously injured.

One of them died in he emergency room, while the other is said to be out of danger.

More details are awaited."

Perhaps the U.S. embassy in Pakistan is due for the same treatment as the U.S. embassy in Iran was given in 1979? The last thing Pakistan needs in their country is an Israeli-American presence in their country. Of any kind.

Posted by: вот так | Feb 15 2013 21:57 utc | 11

Did I really hear Lavrov say "Let there be no doubt, Israel is a democracy"? Well, he could have said managed democracy, or rigged democracy; or, he could have remained silent on the point. His insistence was unnecessary and over the top for someone struggling to find le mot juste.

Posted by: ruralito | Feb 16 2013 0:05 utc | 12

Thanks to 'b' for the link to the interview with Lavrov at youtube. I notice the uploader at youtube has a link to the transcript of the interview, which is in English at . A transcript can be read at least twice as fast as listening to an audio interview.

The interviewer Hubert Seipel is a schmuck.

By the way:

MOSCOW, (SANA) 14 Feb 2013 – A Russian military source said Syria received a batch of anti-aircraft missiles and Panzer-C1 air defense systems at the beginning of the current year. Anatoly Isaykin, Director of the Russian Rosoboronexport Firm, said his country exported air defense systems to Syria according to signed contracts and the systems were shipped to Syria by sea.

Panzer-C1 air defense systems are highly accurate. They can hit air targets at an altitude of 20 kilometers high. They also can hit land and marine targets. The speed of each missile is 1300 meters per second. The missiles can be fired from mobile and fixed sites.

Posted by: Parviziyi | Feb 16 2013 0:47 utc | 13

Lavrov has been on the side of sanity since at least January 1999. Lavrov says in the ARD interview:

I'll give you another example when people would be prompted to act on the basis of some immediate media news: 1999, January, Kosovo, the village of Racak, Ambassador of the United States Walker, who was the Chief of the OSCE mission in Kosovo, arrived to the village of Racak after receiving the information that there was some massacre. He arrived there and discovered some three or four dozen bodies in civilian clothes, all killed. And he, without reporting to the OSCE headquarters, without having any authority to do this, assembled the journalists and said that this was an act of the genocide by the Serbs against Kosovo Albanians. Then most European capitals said: "This is the last drop". That was used as a trigger to prepare and then to exercise the bombing of Serbia. Then the European Union, you might know this, ordered an investigation of this Racak situation. They hired Finnish forensic experts. The forensic experts of Finland studied the situ ation. They discovered that this was not a massacre of civilians, that all these men in their better age were killed not at the short distance, but the nature of the wounds leading to death was like the wounds acquired in a combat, the wounds on the body did not coincide with the clothes. So apparently they were in combat, and then after they were killed, people just changed their military uniforms to the civilian dress and this was quite highly discussed. I was serving then in New York in the Security Council. We asked the Security Council to ask for this report to be submitted to the Council because Racak incident was really the trigger for the war against Serbia without any Security Council's permission. Then we were told that it was not the property of the United Nations, it was the property of the European Union. Then we came to the European Union and said: "Friends, it's an important thing, it's about the future of Europe, it's about Helsinki Final Act, it's about how you handle conflicts in Europe on the basis of the Helsinki principles. Can you share this report with the Security Council?" They said: "Look, we already sent it to the international Tribunal on former Yugoslavia, so it's the property of the Tribunal". Then Carla Del Ponte was the chief prosecutor of the Tribunal, she visited New York from time to time, and I met with her and I said: "Carla, why don't you give it to the Security Council?" "Well, it's quite a confidential report". I don’t' know why. I said: "O’K, maybe we can reach a compromise that you would deposit the report with the Secretariat, in a secret room, and only ambassadors, members of the Security Council, would come and read the report without making any notes. This was also denied. Then there was some leak that the actual story was as I told you, a clear-cut provocation, but this gave rise to a development, which changed the map of the Balkans. So yes, things happen.

Posted by: Parviziyi | Feb 16 2013 1:36 utc | 14

Thanks for pointing this out, b.
And thanks to Parviziyi for the link to the transcript (I prefer them too).
I have to say that even though I already knew that BKM was in US-NATO's pocket, I still find it hard to believe that he/she/it has so blatantly blown the whistle on himself and the utterly corrupt UN.

Posted by: Hoarsewhisperer | Feb 16 2013 3:22 utc | 17

UN Motto: It's your world!

Posted by: Lena | Feb 16 2013 3:23 utc | 18

Completely off topic: Coming to a sky near you [news is four days old].

Posted by: Daniel Rich | Feb 16 2013 6:20 utc | 19

At least one of the Hermes 450 drones has ended up pretty much intact in Iran, and reverse engineered.

Hermes 450:

Iranian version:

Posted by: Paul | Feb 16 2013 6:33 utc | 20

Thanks b for the Lavrov piece. He makes entirely too much sense for U.S.consumption.

Posted by: ben | Feb 16 2013 7:06 utc | 21

I hope deals like this don't sway Russian support for Syria.

Posted by: ben | Feb 16 2013 7:10 utc | 22

4 Turkish officers killed in Aleppo – media sources

"Al-Manar Lebanese TV channel quoted Syrian security sources in saying that, “4 Turkish officers got killed during clashes against the Syrian Army in Aleppo”.

The channel revealed that the clashes took place in al-Helwani roundabout in Tareeq al-Bab area of Aleppo province, where their bodies were still in the battle field."

Posted by: вот так | Feb 16 2013 17:02 utc | 23

Terrorist confesses to acts of terrorism in order to blame the Syrian government:

"...In confessions broadcast by the Syrian TV on Friday, al-Abbas said that he, along with a number of terrorist killers, destroyed a school and many shops in Homs in an attempt to accuse the Syrian Army that it did so..."

In other Syrian related news Syrian sources have claim huge losses of the terrorists in recent days, numbering over a 1000. There are major battles happening in the north west. Israeli sources are claiming Russian ships are now off Syria, or headed that way again.

Posted by: вот так | Feb 16 2013 17:08 utc | 24

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