Turkey's Foreign Minister Sees No Threat in Iran

January 09, 2012 – New York – The AJC weekly radio messages are broadcast on the CBS radio network, before The Osgood File. All AJC radio commentaries since 2001 are available at www.ajc.org/radiocommentary.

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If it weren’t so tragic, it’d be funny.

But the Turkish foreign minister’s words were anything but funny.

Visiting Tehran this month, he said, “I certainly do not see Iran as a threat.”

Either he’s missing something or I am.

Consider:

Iran scares the bejeebers out of nearby Arab countries.

Plots terrorist attacks in Washington, as the Obama administration revealed.

Threatens the world’s oil supply with its belligerent rhetoric.

Has as its defense minister a man involved in terrorists attacks in Argentina that killed 115 people.

And calls for a world without Israel.

But the Turkish foreign minister seems to view Iran as Switzerland.

In truth, Iran is a big threat.

Even if he doesn’t see it, others in the U.S., Europe, and elsewhere do. Today they understand that an Iran with the bomb would be a threat to the world as we know it.

That’s why stopping the Iranian bomb is foreign policy challenge #1.

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This is David Harris of AJC.