Perhaps the biggest hitter of the day (Wednesday, 9/25/19) at the UN General Assembly was Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. In the assembly hall void of Israeli and major US delegates, Rouhani stuck to form in pointing the finger at the US for virtually everything that ails the Middle East. (Full speech here)
War in the region, bloodshed, aggression and extremism are apparently the responsibility of the US, while Iran cooperates peacefully with Russia and Turkey. According to Rouhani, America has not only failed to deal with conflict in Iraq, Syria and Palestine, but caused it!
Touting Iran’s faithfulness and compliance to the JCPOA, Rouhani accused the Trump administration of “failing to honor the commitment of his predecessor.” (Apparently, all the evidence of Iran’s violations of the JCPOA have not made it to President Rouhani’s desk!) Well over half of his 22-minute speech focused on Iran’s commitment to peace, security and stability in the region and their leadership in those endeavors. Not surprisingly, he provided not one example of that!
He then introduced the concept of a coalition of hope. This group would come together to promote peace, stability, progress, prosperity, and welfare for those in the region of the Strait of Hormuz. Focusing on “energy security” and the safe transport of oil is the focus. Not so ironically, Iran’s inability to sell oil is the very thing that is pressuring them economically, thus they are highly motivated in that regard! However, the Gulf States (including Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and others) are not particularly on good terms with Iran. Why? Because the “peace-loving” Iranians are blowing up Saudi oil facilities!
Almost comically, Rouhani ended his speech with these words:
Let’s invest in a better future, rather than war and violence. Let’s return to justice, peace, law, commitment, promise, and to the negotiating table.
To which we say, “Amen! Put down your weapons of war, stop supporting terror, curtail your development of nuclear weapons, and stop threatening the total destruction of Israel and America, and your investment in a better future will be much more likely!”
Keep praying, my friends! This is a spiritual battle, not a political one. Only the Prince of Peace can bring peace.