Thursday, June 28, 2007

Matt 24 Watch, 28: A Petition to the UN Secretary General

The ICEJ, Jerusalem, has put together a petition to the Secretary General of the UN, Mr Ban Ki-moon.

The petition is:

TO: The Honorable Ban Ki-moon
Secretary General of the United Nations

We, the undersigned Christians, wish to express our outrage and alarm at the repeated threats of genocide against the State of Israel emanating from the government of Iran. These constitute a clear violation of the UN Charter and the international convention for preventing and punishing the crime of genocide.

We also register our extreme disappointment at the resounding failure of the United Nations and its organs to take any serious measures to redress this hostile campaign of public incitement to genocide. This campaign not only endangers Israel, but also is a threat to the peace and security of the world community.

Iran's threats of annihilation against Israel and its renegade efforts to acquire the nuclear means to carry them out, pose a very serious and grave peril that the United Nations must confront forthwith.

We call upon the United Nations to act without delay to censure and penalize Iran to the fullest extent possible, lest the very body founded to shield nations against such heinous crimes shamefully stands by while another disastrous genocidal attempt against the Jewish people takes shape.
I am often not sure what good mere words do in such a situation, but I believe we must at least not be silent as storm clouds gather in our day, as once they gathered in the 1930's. Few people took Hitler very seriously, and dozens of millions -- including six million Jews -- paid with their lives.

I am now No 8159, I believe; I urge you to sign the petition, and to add your own polite but firm and informed

Here is my own comment:
Dear Sir:

Seventy years ago, a madman in control of a country with great wealth and technical capacity breathed out threatenings against the Jews.

Few took him seriously.

It cost sixty million lives to stop that demoniac madman. Six million Jews and also millions of Gypsies, Poles, Russians etc, paid with their lives in his extermination camps.

Today, after years of talk-talk, the Iranian leadership, having openly denied that the holocaust took place, now have declared that they wish to see Israel wiped off the map [or if you prefer that translation that makes no material difference, that it be erased from the sands of time].

Only a few months ago, "experts" confidently told us that Iran would take years to master the technicalities of nuclear material enrichment. Within a matter of months, they credibly have 3,000 centrifuges online, and they reportedly are enriching such materials in industrial quantities.

From general reports, they already have credible ballistic missiles, and they have legions of willing would-be suicide bombers.

I therefore have but one question: When will we learn and act in good time to avert bloodshed on the scale of 1939 - 45, or even worse?

We must learn from history, or we will be doomed to repeat it.

Let us learn from history, lest we be doomed to repeat it.

May God grant wisdom and courage to world leaders, so that tragedy on an unimaginable scale can be averted. END

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