What we are witnessing in Ahmadinejad’s Iran – and I use this term to distinguish it from the people and publics of Iran who are otherwise the targets of massive domestic repression – is the toxic convergence of four distinct yet interrelated dangers:
• The danger of a nuclear threat;
• The danger of state-sanctioned incitement to genocide;
• The danger of state-sponsored terrorism
• And – as unmasked since the fraudulent election of June 12 – the persistent, pervasive and pernicious assault on the human rights of the Iranian people.
Bringing Ahmadinejad’s Iran to justice is not a policy option. It is an international legal responsibility. The time has come to act on behalf of the Iranian people, on behalf of justice and in the pursuit of peace.