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A day of rememberance

Tuesday was Yom HaShoah, the day Israel and world Jewry reserve in memory of the 6 million Jews who perished in the Holocaust. It is a day of prayer and speeches and reflection, and this year, commentary on the threat posed to the Jewish homeland by Iran. I say this because Iran's president gave Jews and non-Jews alike plenty to talk about after he delivered a fiery anti-Zionist speech the day before at the United Nations conference on racism in Geneva.

The U.S. and Israel boycotted the conference, expecting just such a performance, and President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad,a Holocaust denier, lived up to their expectation. He unloaded one round of invective after another. His speech was predictable and alarming and depressing and it should leave any reasoned, thoughtful person alarmed as well.

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In a piece on our website, George Washington University scholar Walter Reich offered one of the best assessments of the nuclear menace posed by the Iranian government to Israel and the Mideast region that I have read in some time. One of his main points is that Tehran's threat extends beyond that part of the world and affects the United States directly. It should be required reading because Mr. Reich relies on the past to inform our view of the future and the critical role President Barack Obama could play in shaping it.

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