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By Flavia Krause-Jackson
The annual United Nations General Assembly in New York has long been a magnet for world leaders great and small, so it’s hosted some performances that are memorable more for entertainment value than for their import.
The session that just concluded is no exception, having featured reggae lyrics, a lamentation about the loss of Libyan dictator Muammar Qaddafi and a cartoon bomb.
Enlarge image Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
The most memorable moment was Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu producing a drawing of a bomb with a lighted fuse to illustrate the danger of Iran acquiring nuclear weapons. “How much enriched uranium do you need for a bomb? And how close is Iran to getting it?” he asked. “Well, let me show you.”
“Netanyahu and his cartoon bomb saved this General Assembly from being a dramatic dud,” said Richard Gowan, associate director for crisis diplomacy and peace operations at New York University’s Center on International Cooperation. “Everyone secretly still misses Qaddafi at the UN: He just took crazy to another level.”