Obama, if Russia for you is the same as Ebola, what do you think you are for the over 150 millions Russians, and for couple of billions outside of it who very much admire Russia.
Kanzlerin Merkel, you are facilitating a new Cold War. When are you going to show respect to the 30 000 000 Soviet citizens, mostly of them Russians, soldiers, women, and children who were murdered in WWII?
When are you going to apologize what you and your government in the name of Germany did in Ukraine by supporting an illegal ousting of the elected president and placing right wing extremists in place instead?
UNITED NATIONS — Seeking to reassert American leadership abroad, President Obama challenged world leaders Wednesday to join the United States in confronting a series of crises he described as having created a “pervasive sense of unease” across the globe.
“There is much that must be done to meet the tests of this moment,” Obama said in an address at the annual U.N. General Assembly. He cited the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, Russian aggression in eastern Ukraine and the threats of the Islamic State group in the Middle East.
“We come together at a crossroads between war and peace; between disorder and integration; between fear and hope,” the president declared.
In a 40-minute address that served as the centerpiece of his three-day visit here, Obama delivered a forceful, and at times searing, critique of the threats to international order that he said required collective attention and action from the more than 150 countries assembled at the United Nations. The tone of the remarks contrasted sharply with Obama’s address here last year when he said that “the world is more stable than it was five years ago.”
His appearance on stage Wednesday was also a bid to recruit more nations to actively support a U.S.-led coalition in combating the radical Islamist fighters who have taken control of large swaths of Iraq and Syria.
By the afternoon, Obama’s efforts appeared to be paying some dividends, as British Prime Minister David Cameron recalled parliament to vote Friday on a provision to authorize that country to join the U.S. airstrikes in Iraq — with approval looking likely, although the British will not consider participating in strikes in Syria. And the U.N. Security Council, in a rare meeting chaired by Obama, approved a binding resolution that would require member nations to enact laws aimed at preventing their citizens from traveling to foreign countries to join terrorist insurgencies.
The U.S.-drafted measure unanimously approved by the 15-member Security Council was a response to the rapid rise of the Islamic State but applies to those who might travel to join any terror group. It also tells U.N. member states to clamp down on recruitment and funding for terrorist groups.
The resolution strengthens the legal framework for international action in response to the threat posed by foreign fighters, and requires countries to “prevent and suppress recruiting, organizing, transporting, and equipping” of terrorist fighters, and the financing of their travel and activities. It also asks members to do more to cooperate with one another and share criminal or other information where appropriate.
Obama told the council that some 15,000 fighters from more than 80 nations have traveled to Syria and Iraq to join the Islamic State or the al-Qaeda affiliate known as Jabhat al-Nusra. U.S. officials estimate that among that number were 2,000 Europeans and 100 Americans. Fears that they could return to their homelands and perpetrate domestic terrorist attacks spurred Obama to raise the issue to international attention at the summit, aides said.
“Resolutions alone will not be enough,” Obama said after the resolution was adopted. “Promises on paper cannot keep us safe. Lofty rhetoric and good intentions will not stop a single terrorist attack. The words spoken here today must be matched and translated into action. . . . For if there was ever a challenge in our interconnected world that could not be met by one nation alone, it is this: terrorists crossing the border to unleash terrible violence.”
Even as the president was making progress on building the international coalition, he and the other world leaders were reminded of the magnitude of the challenge when an al-Qaeda splinter group revealed that it had beheaded a French citizen in Algeria. France has agreed to assist the U.S. airstrikes in Iraq but not Syria.