The threat in Ahmadinejad’s raving

Remember what happened after the last UN anti-racism conference allowed itself to be hijacked by a hatemonger, says Canadian Jewish leader


The rantings of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad at the UN Durban Review Conference have offended Jews around the world. But some are scared as well as angry. Writing in today’s Montreal Gazette, Keith Landy of the Canadian Jewish Congress says Ahmadinejad’s tirade casting Israel as a genocidal regime—and the root cause of all racism in the world—is more than a mere reprise of the anti-Semitism and anti-Israeli sentiment that tarnished the first Durban conference in 2001. “History shows that evil words lead to evil deeds,” Landy says. “Or was it merely a coincidence that the Durban World Conference Against Racism concluded just a week before Sept. 11, 2001?”

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The threat in Ahmadinejad’s raving

  1. Haha, such a coincidence. Is this guy serious?

    • Also, did you know that both Lincoln and Kennedy had 7 letters in their last name? Coincidence? I think not.

  2. Yes, it was just a coincidence.

  3. I think it was completely inappropriate for Ahmadenejad to be giving this speech. All the UN has is its reputation, and this reputation has been severely damaged with this spectacle. Maybe it is a lot of fun to see israel be whipped by A., but too many people depend for their survival on the UN, too many are affected by racism (not in the least those in Iran) to let this clown do his one and only trick and jeoapardize the whole conference. A. is guilty of the same self-centerness as Israel and the US. By not participating, or by giving such an inflammatory speech (we are lucky they made him take out the holocaust denial) they completely disregard the needs of the people this conference was made for.
    I completely disagree with Israel’s actions. But that doesn’t make me a fan of Ahmadinejad. He actually did an enormous disservice to the palestinian cause. Israeli hard liners couldn’t have wished for a better display and a better reason to aggravate the conflict. I am starting to think A. is zionist’s biggest supporter.
    Ban ki moon should be made to resign over letting this happen. It was not good for anything, except for those that want more conflict, war and bloodshed.

  4. The fact of it all is that Racism is not something the UN should be dealing in. Racism is such a complicated, multi-faceted problem and the thought that one strategy or set of guidelines to combat it could be formulated by the UN is silly. I think this has to do with how types like Irwin Cotler seek to make one Universal set of Laws. It ain’t gonna work, ever.

    • Good points.

  5. I disagree with Landy. It is not evil words that lead to evil deeds. There are millions of muslims that agree with Ahmadinejad’s speech. Many are the same people who were celebrating after 9/11. This speech will not be the cause of violence – rather it serves as a warning that we should not ignore. Without this speech and others like it, how could we know about the threat that exists?

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