August 21, 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.
The full text of this week's commentary follows:
In a few days, Iran – yes, Iran – becomes chair of the 118-nation group called the Nonaligned Movement.
To mark the occasion, the Iranian government is hosting a self-promotional summit, hoping to attract world leaders.
It'll be rolling out the Persian red carpet.
But Washington is rightly urging leaders to stay away.
A State Department spokeswoman said "[W]e, frankly, don't think that Iran is deserving of these high-level presences..."
Most attention has been focused on UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.
Will he go to Tehran, as Iran craves?
The U.S. hopes he won't. At AJC, we agree.
He shouldn't confer respectability on a regime that defies UN resolutions on its nuclear program... sponsors terrorism worldwide... supports the barbarism in Syria… and calls for Israel's "annihilation."
If you agree, visit ajc.org.
Send a note to the UN secretary general saying "Don't go."
This is David Harris.
Date: 8/21/2012 12:00:00 AM