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  9/29/2012, Tishrei 13, 5773

Canadian Prime Calls Iran 'Clear and Present Danger'


Speaking in New York City, the Prime Minister of Canada said the government of Iran constitutes, “unambiguously, a clear and present danger and thus demands a very sober assessment.”

The comments by P.M. Steven Harper were spoken at a dinner after receiving the World Statesman Award from Rabbi Arthur Schneier’s Appeal of Conscience Foundation. Speaking of Iran, Harper said, “I speak not merely of its appalling record of human rights abuse, or its active assistance to the brutal regime in Syria, or its undeniable support of terrorist entities, or its determined pursuit of nuclear weapons, rather it is the combination of all these things with a truly malevolent ideology.”

“I believe that the appeal of our conscience requires us to speak out against what the Iranian regime stands for...It likewise requires us to speak in support of the country that its hatred most immediately threatens, The State of Israel.”

Former U.S. secretary of state Henry Kissinger also spoke at the event, saying the UN Security Council is where “the five permanent members, for the past 10 years, have been discussing how Iran’s nuclear proliferation is unacceptable, and now it’s time to define what unacceptable behavior means.”