Ahmadinejad’s rant about his 9/11 conspiracy theory has received extensive press coverage. And, to his credit, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon issued a statement condemning Ahmadinejad’s hateful and irresponsible rhetoric, although Ban’s statement got much less attention from the press than Ahmadinejad’s remarks.
When given the chance to issue his own condemnation at a press conference held on September 27th at UN headquarters, the Secretary General of the 57-nation Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC), Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu , declined to do so. He said that he disagreed with Ahmadinejad’s conspiracy theory, but refused to criticize him for spewing such filth from the podium of the UN General Assembly.
Ihsanoglu then claimed that all of his 57 OIC member states support the Arab peace initiative, which would recognize Israel under certain conditions as part of a two-state solution. How he can say this with a straight face, when Iran’s president has repeatedly called for Israel’s destruction, is baffling.
All we ever hear about from the Secretary General of the second largest intergovernmental organization in the world – after the UN itself – is Islamophobia. There is never an acknowledgement of the intolerance and hatred against Jews, Christians, Buddhists, Hindus and other non-Muslim faiths which are so widespread in the Muslim world today. Nevertheless, the OIC’s Secretary General Ihsanoglu most likely made President Obama’s day. Ihsanoglu told reporters that the OIC was delighted with Obama’s position towards Israel. He also said in a speech last week at the UN to the OIC’s foreign ministers that “we have achieved a breakthrough in our relations with the United States…[T]he U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton paid an unprecedented visit to the OIC headquarters in Jeddah at the head of a group of senior U.S. officials, noticeable among them is the Special Envoy of President Barack Obama to the OIC. ”
Thus, Obama’s policy of aggressive engagement with the Muslim world appears to be paying off – for the 57 member states of the Organization of Islamic Conference. These are the same Islamic nations, along with their anti-Western allies, who happen to control the UN General Assembly and its Human Rights Council, in which the Obama administration places so much esteem.
Joseph A. Klein is the author of a new book entitled Lethal Engagement: Barack Hussein Obama, the United Nations and Radical Islam.
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