Thoughts on South African and international politics and culture

Wednesday, September 22, 2004

More belligerence from Bush
Anybody watching President Bush's speech at the UN last night will be forgiven for thinking he was addressing a town hall in Texas. So clearly was it aimed at US voters, with a complete dismissal of those world leaders facing his podium. Following after Annan's rather aggressive speech about the illegality of the war and US abuses in Iraq, Bush stuck to his unilateral guns and gave no compromise to the gathering of leaders that used to be counted as US allies, further entrenching the division between the US and the world. It was remarkable to see how far he has shrunk from world opinion and international relations, and it is a very interesting prospect as to how history will judge his presidency.