The terrorist group Hizb al-Shahid has only been in existence for a short time, but has already perpetrated countless acts of violence across the globe including setting off a dirty bomb in Virginia. My family was at ground zero during the attack and because of that I wondered if I was the right person to stand here today and ask you for your help. Is it too personal? And then I realized, yes, it is personal to me, and to every single one of us. Because the principal at the core of the United Nations is that all people, regardless of race, color, or creed, deserve to live lives of peace, free from the tyranny of sudden violence.
One thing I learned from the avocado farm, the Earth is basically like a five year old. You give it everything it wants -- the best food and love and attention -- it is non stop bounty, but you pollute it with crap, ignore all the signs that it needs a nap, and push it too far? Pretty soon, you've got an overlooked middle child who will demand your attention by killing the babysitter.