UNITED NATIONS – There will be a “rogues gallery” of world personalities at the annual United Nations General Assembly this fall, according to sources at the international organization.
It is no surprise that President Obama, French President Nicolas Sarkozy and British Prime Minister Gordon Brown will huddle in New York, but it is the others scheduled to attend that has raised eyebrows.
According to U.N. sources, the general assembly, which officially begins Sept. 23, has a roster some have referred to as “rogues gallery” of the diplomatic world.
Leading off the “honor” role is Libyan leader Col. Muammar Gadhafi.
Gadhafi, who will be making his first visit to the United States, is sure to be the target of demonstrations by families of those who perished on board Pan Am 103 in December 1988.
Gadhafi has been accused of sheltering those accused of planning the terrorist attack. Two hundred seventy people were killed on board the plane and on the ground in Lockerbie, Scotland.
Coincidentally, Gadhafi briefly met Obama on the sidelines of the recent G20 Summit in London. The U.S. president may have another face-to-face with the Libyan at a VIP lunch to be hosted by U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon during the opening day of the general assembly’s debate.
Joining Gadhafi will be Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who has made the U.N. debate a yearly pilgrimage.
Ahmadinejad, coming off a controversial electoral victory in June, will be joined by another U.S. antagonist, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.
Chavez will be accompanied by his newest “best buddy” – ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya.
A voice from the past will also travel to New York this September.
Sandinista leader and Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega will return to the Big Apple after a 23-year hiatus.
It was in September 1986 that Ortega jabbed President Ronald Reagan over Iran-Contra by proclaiming: “Reagan should remember Rambo exists only in the movies!”
That brought applause and a standing ovation from the U.N. diplomats.
The Ortega circus prompted United States’ U.N. ambassador Gen. Vernon Walters to bolt from the general assembly, telling reporters:
“They may have to listen to this crap in Managua, but I don’t have to listen to it in New York.”
Rounding out the anti-U.S. group will be embattled Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe, who stands accused of robbing votes when he ran for re-election last year.
With all the controversial leaders descending on New York, the police department will have its hands full.
Brad Billet, a New York City deputy commissioner who manages city relations with the U.N., told WND, “We will be ready for them. The more the merrier. It would not be the same without them.”
Among other notables attending the U.N. forum will be Russian President Dimitri Medvedev, Chinese President Hu Jintao and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.