BY CANDICE MALCOLM
The annual farce continues at the United Nations General Assembly. On Thursday, the UN welcomed Iranian President Hassan Rouhani to deliver remarks on the big stage.
As former Prime Minister Stephen Harper used to say, the UN is a platform where “democratic leaders sit side by side with despots and dictators.”
In the case of Iran’s Rouhani, democratic leaders are all too eager to believe the myth that he is a despot looking to clean up his act. The false notion that Rouhani is a “moderate” led to the disastrous nuclear deal in 2015. The deal allowed billions of dollars to flow into Iran without any concessions on human rights abuses or any guarantees that Iran will stop its military aggression in the region.
Not surprisingly, Iran uses its new cash to bankroll terrorism and prop up the Assad regime in Syria – perpetuating war and misery rather than benefiting the people of Iran.
Like every other corrupt tyrant at the United Nations, Rouhani received the royal treatment. He was given a platform to lie and misrepresent his own government.
A few blocks away from the charade at the UN, however, a large protest sought to reveal a different side of the Iranian regime. Iranian human rights activists hosted a gathering to condemn Rouhani and demand justice for those killed by the Iranian regime.
Specifically, the protest highlighted the extra-judicial killings of some 30,000 political prisoners during the summer of 1988. The Iranian regime rounded up political prisoners – including communists, atheists and opposition leaders – and systematically mass murdered them.
At the protest, I spoke with Geoffrey Robertson, a human rights lawyer and former appeal judge at the UN Special Court for Sierra Leone. Robertson told me that “killing prisoners of war is the worst kind of war crime,” noting that Iran’s massacre was the worst since WWII.
“There has been no reprisal, no retribution, unlike the other (similar) atrocities,” said Robertson. “The people who ordered it, most of them, are still in high command in Iran.”
Rouhani himself was a senior official in the government that oversaw the massacre.
Former U.S. Senator, Vice Presidential candidate and lifelong Democrat Joe Lieberman also spoke at the protest, condemning the Iranian regime and calling it a “brutal dictatorship.”
In an interview, Lieberman told me that the international community should treat Iran with the disdain as we treat North Korea, noting that “there is more blood on the hands of the regime in (Iran’s capital) Tehran.”
“Rouhani should not be treated as if he was a respectable world leader. He should be treated like Kim Jung Un would be treated if he came here.” said Lieberman.
Instead, the international community welcomed Rouhani.
Canada’s Global Affairs Minister Stephen Dion noted on Twitter that he met with the regime to discuss the status of their relationship and consular cases. Dion failed to note any discussion on human rights, terrorism or justice for those killed in the 1988 massacre.
The United Nations was founded in the aftermath of the Second World War, to ensure that the horrors of that conflict – particularly the murder of six million Jews at the hands of the Nazis – would never be repeated. The UN is supposed to identify, condemn and stop world leaders who commit crimes against humanity.
This week, instead of identifying and condemning Iran for its wicked crimes, the United Nations looked the other way and gave a seat of honour to the world’s most despicable leader.
Source: UN proves it’s still a farce by welcoming Hassan Rouhani