Don't Go to Tehran


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.

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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."

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Send a note to the UN secretary general saying "Don't go."

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This is David Harris.
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