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May 7, 2010 7:58 pm

The Dictator’s Red Carpet

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The Dictator Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Photo: Elaad Yair.

I have long ago accepted that the Obama administration is pathologically incapable of acting in the interests of U.S. national security.

First and foremost on the list of Obama’s misguided and arguably self defeating policies, is his baffling soft treatment of Iran and its twisted dictator Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. It is however when leadership is weak, that ordinary people are forced to step up to the plate and true heroes are born. It is therefore greatly concerning that the overall response of the general populace regarding Iranian belligerence is somewhat apathetic.

The beauty of our democratic society is that individuals really do have a voice although the option to vote doesn’t come every day; the opportunity to make your voice matter is always available. There are a number of ways to influence policy, to express our disgust and displeasure and to fight for our rights and for those of oppressed nations and peoples around the world.

This week, on the first day of a month long U.N. conference in New York reviewing the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty, Ahmadinejad dismissed charges that Teheran’s uranium enrichment program is designed to produce bombs and pointed out that these long-standing suspicions are leading the US and others to seek another round of U.N. economic sanctions against Iran.

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Addressing delegations of 189 treaty nations, the Iranian leader denounced the Obama administration’s refusal to rule out the use of US nuclear weapons.

“Regrettably, the government of the United States has not only used nuclear weapons, but also continues to threaten to use them against other countries, including Iran,” Ahmadinejad said.

The audacity of this man is incomprehensible; that he is able to stand before this global forum and spew such twisted moral perversions with a straight face is beyond comprehension.  The fact that such people exist, is sadly not news, but the challenge to a civilized society is how we deal with them, and to halt them before they perpetrate irreversible damage and harm upon all of us.

So what can concerned citizens do? Here is a good start.

Besides the political permissions, there are a whole host of mechanisms that need to be in place in order to facilitate Ahmedinejad’s trip to New York. Many are carried out by business enterprises that are quite susceptible to being persuaded or pressured into rejecting him and his cohorts as clients. Businesses may include airlines, airports, hotels, catering and travel services and more.

If concerned citizens of NY and around the country made it a priority to punish these enablers and facilitators, it would be difficult or impossible for Ahmedinejad to pull off a visit like this.

During this trip the Iranian delegation is staying at the Millennium Hotel at 1 United Nations Plaza, the hotel is owned by Millennium & Copthorne Hotels plc and is directed by Ms. Wanda Chan, who in the position of General Manager, is charged with making decisions with regard to denying or allowing service to certain guests.

Over the phone Ms. Chan refused to confirm or deny that Ahmedinejad was a guest at the hotel, and failed to respond to my follow up e-mail, however pictures have surfaced of him entering the hotel and there can be no doubt that he is staying there.

It is our duty to send a strong message to indifferent executives who care about nothing but the bottom line, that to facilitate and provide hospitality for a murderous rogue will have dire financial consequences for their business.
The hotel chain should be subject to a complete boycott by members of the concerned public, and the individuals responsible should be directly challenged by all.

Ms. Wanda Chan of the Millennium Hotel can be emailed at: wchan@mill-usa.com  or called at 212 758 1234, I encourage all readers to let our voices be heard.

The Author is the director of the Algemeiner and the GJCF and can be e-mailed at defune@gjcf.com

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