Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s anti-American bluster at the United Nations has become de rigueur. There is a long history of vicious assaults directed at the United States and our Presidents by world dictators and international thugs, given a platform at the United Nations.
Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev: Removed his shoe, hammering it on the desk. He arrogantly and repeatedly disrupted the General Assembly by pounding his fists and shouting in Russian.
Cuban dictator Fidel Castro: Called President Kennedy “illiterate and ignorant” and rambled about American “aggression” in a torturous four-hour speech. Castro further used the podium to declare then-Republican nominee Richard Nixon lacked brains. Cuban foreign minister Roberto Robaina in 1996 maligned President Clinton, stating, “We are facing a King Kong escaped from its cage, destroying and smashing without orientation or control.”
Ugandan Madman Idi Amin: Known as the Butcher of Uganda for his brutal reign, spoke at the U.N. and urged the United States “to rid their society of the Zionists” and called for the “extinction of Israel as a state.” Uganda was nevertheless appointed to the United Nations Commission on Human Rights.
Daniel Ortega, President of Nicaragua: The twice elected socialist and former imprisoned bank robber, denounced President Ronald Reagan, and demeaned his Hollywood background by calling him “Rambo,” adding, ‘”Rambo only exists in the movies.”
Palestinian Authority President Yasser Arafat: Defiantly wore a holster during his address to the United Nations. As world leaders gathered for the U.N.‘s 50th anniversary in 1995, Mayor Giuliani ordered the terrorist Palestinian leader removed from a commemorative concert at Lincoln Center. Arafat sat though the first two movements of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony before departing.
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez: Called President Bush “the devil” during his speech last year, saying he could still smell the scent of sulfur since George Bush had previously stood at the same podium. Chavez also called Bush “an alcoholic” and “a sick man.”
White House spokesman, Tony Fratto said, “This is a country where people can come and speak their minds. It’s something that we’re proud of, giving people whose ideas and beliefs we find abhorrent if not dangerous.” “It would be wonderful if some of the countries that take advantage of that here, allowed it for their own citizens there.”
The American taxpayer foots the bill for this incendiary free speech. providing 22 percent of the funding to maintain an organization that is rife with America-haters, voting against us whenever the opportunity permits.