|September 21, 2010 – New York – In his national radio commentary, AJC Executive Director David Harris speaks out on Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s visit to New York this week to address the UN. |
“It’s that time of year here in New York. World leaders gather at the UN, says Harris.
“And the Iranian president shows up again to see whom he can snooker.”
The weekly AJC message airs on 400 CBS stations and is eard by more than 35 million. All AJC radio commentaries since 2001 are available at www.ajc.org/radiocommentary.
The full text of this week’s message follows:
It’s that time of year here in New York.
World leaders gather at the UN.
Traffic grinds to a halt.
And the Iranian president shows up again to see whom he can snooker.
In years past, he’s tried telling such whoppers as Iran has no gay women or men and that women in his country are the world’s freest.
And that the Holocaust never happened and Israel has no right to exist.
Now he’s declaring that Iran is among the world’s most open and free countries.
Sure, tell that to the opposition which has been intimidated, brutalized, arrested, and tortured.
And he’s declaring that Iran is the world’s most peaceful country.
Tell that to the UN Security Council and International Atomic Energy Agency, which beg to differ. They believe Iran is pursuing a nuclear-weapons program that poses a clear and present global danger.
The Iranian president may be his country’s snake-oil salesman-in-chief. But we Americans aren’t buying.
This is David Harris of AJC