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Excerpts from Remarks of Prof. Irwin Cotler, Ahmadinejad at the UN

Posted on September 22, 2008

“Tomorrow, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will be addressing the UN General Assembly. This is a mockery of history, law, and the UN itself. Let there by no doubt about it: The man who incites to genocide; who pursues the most destructive of weaponry in violation of UN Security Council Resolutions; who is complicit in crimes against humanity through genocidal terrorist proxies; who warns Muslims who support Israel that they will “burn in the umma of Islam;” who is engaged in a massive repression of human rights in Iran; who assaults the basic tenet of the UN Charter—such a person belongs in the dock of the accused, rather than the podium of the UN General Assembly. ”

“For the enduring lesson of the Holocaust and that of the genocides in that followed is that they occurred not simply because of the machinery of death, but because of the state-sanctioned incitement to hatred. In all other cases of state-sanctioned incitement to genocide – the Holocaust, Rwanda, the Balkans, Darfur – the genocides have already occurred. Only with respect to Ahmadinejad’s Iran can we still act so as to prevent the genocide foretold from occurring.”

“As one involved as Minister of Justice in Canada in the prosecution of Rwandan genocidal incitement, I can state that the aggregate of precursors of incitement in the Iranian case are more threatening than were those in the Rwandan one.”

“Together with the support of a renowned group of genocide scholars, jurists and experts, I will be releasing a Petition on The Danger of a Genocidal and Nuclear Iran: The Responsibility to Prevent Petition, which documents – in unprecedented fashion – the critical mass of evidence regarding Iran’s state-sanctioned incitement to genocide. It calls upon the State Parties to the Genocide Convention – and the competent bodies of the United Nations – to act hold Iran to account.”

“Let there be no mistake about it: The path to genocide has already been paved; the crime of genocidal incitement has already been committed. The “never-again” Genocide Convention stands violated yet again. It is astonishing that this criminal incitement has yet to be addressed by the United Nations, which sees fit to give President Ahmadinejad a podium. And so we say: No to a genocidal Iran, No to a nuclear Iran, No to a rights-violating Iran; and Yes to the responsibility to prevent. The time to act is now.”

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