Victims' Rights Caucus

Speeches

 

Speaker, ``genocide'' is a fancy term for state-sponsored murder or extermination of a group of people. And that is exactly what President Ahmadenijad of Iran is trying to incite against the state of Israel.

The president of Iran has a one-size-fits-all foreign policy. His response, Madam Speaker, to all conflicts in the Middle East is to ``get rid of Israel.''

Ironically, while claiming that the Holocaust never happened, Ahmadenijad regularly pontificates on goals that could easily have been taken right out of the Nazi playbook of the 1930s and 40s.

``The real cure,'' he has said, ``for the (Lebanon) conflict is elimination of the Zionist regime.''

And not only does he propose the ``elimination'' of the entire state of Israel, he definitively predicts that end. Israel, he said, ``will be gone, definitely.'' And, Madam Speaker, he predicts revenge against the West for standing by its greatest ally in the Middle East, saying that we ``will not see any result but the hatred of the people.''

Well, it should come as no surprise to the devil of the desert, Mr. Ahmadenijad, that the United States will not leave one of its greatest allies alone in the desert. We in America have the courage, Madam Speaker, to call Ahmadenijad a threat to world peace and an outlaw to Israel.

I believe in the freedom of speech, Madam Speaker. It is one of the foundations of democracy. But speech by a head of state that urges the annihilation of an entire nation mocks and dishonors the very notion of free speech, and it is the prelude to open aggression.

And that is why I have cosponsored this resolution calling on the U.N. Security Council to charge Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadenijad with violating the 1948 Genocide Convention. He must be held accountable for his actions.

That's just the way it is.