Saluting Canada's Stance on Iran


October 2, 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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What’s the most significant threat to global peace and security?

On that question, there should be no debate.

As John Baird, Canada’s foreign minister, said at the UN on Monday, it's Iran.

He gave five reasons for calling Iran the #1 threat.

First, he said, Iran “refuses to comply with Security Council Resolutions” on its nuclear program.

Second, Iran "routinely threatens the existence of Israel."

Third, Iran “foments hatred against the Jewish people and incites genocide."

Fourth, Iran “provides aid, comfort, and support to terrorist groups.”

And fifth, Iran “is guilty of widespread and massive repression of the human rights of its own people, including the repression of gays, lesbians and religious minorities.”

That’s why, he said, Canada has listed Iran “as a state sponsor of terrorism,” “suspended diplomatic relations,” and “imposed some of the toughest economic sanctions.”

AJC salutes Canada’s principled and courageous stance!

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