Elie Wiesel: Stop Iran from Going Nuclear


elie-300x390Editor’s note: Below is the text to a recent New York Times advertisement featuring Nobel Peace Prize laureate Elie Wiesel’s call to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons. Publication of Wiesel’s statement was sponsored by This World: The Values Network. 

If there is one lesson I hope the world has learned from the past, it is that regimes rooted in brutality must never be trusted. And the words and actions of the leadership of Iran leave no doubt as to their intentions.

Should the civilized nations of the world trust a regime whose supreme leader said yet again last month that Israel is “doomed to annihilation,” and referred to my fellow Jewish Zionists as “rabid dogs?”

Should we who believe in human rights, trust a regime which in the 21st century stones women and hangs homosexuals?

Should we who believe in freedom trust a regime which murdered its own citizens in the streets of Tehran, when the people protested a stolen election in the Green Revolution of Summer, 2009?

Should we who believe in the United States trust a regime whose parliament last month erupted in “Death to America” chants as they commemorated the 34th Anniversary of the storming of our Embassy in Tehran?

Should we who believe in life trust a regime whom our own State Department lists as one of the world’s foremost sponsors of terrorism?

America, too, defines itself by its words and actions. America adopted me, as it did so many others, and gave me a home after my people were exterminated in the camps of Europe. And from the time of the founding fathers, America has always stood up to tyrants. Our nation is morally compromised when it contemplates allowing a country calling for the destruction of the State of Israel to remain within reach of nuclear weapons.

Sanctions have come at a terrible economic cost for the people of Iran. But, unfortunately, sanctions are what have brought the Iranian regime to the negotiating table.

I appeal to President Obama and Congress to demand, as a condition of continued talks, the total dismantling of Iran’s nuclear infrastructure and the regime’s public and complete repudiation of all genocidal intent against Israel. And I appeal to the leaders of the United States Senate to go forward with their vote to strengthen sanctions against Iran until these conditions have been met.

I once wrote that history has taught us to trust the threats of our enemies more than the promises of our friends. Our enemies are making serious threats. It is time to take them seriously. It is time for our friends to keep their promises.

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  • Texas Patriot

    True words from a great man.

  • TheOrdinaryMan

    So, Mr. Prime Minister Netanyahu, what are you waiting for? Sanctions won’t stop Iranian uranium enrichment.

    • NAHALKIDES

      He’s waiting for America to elect a President who values Israel above Islam.

    • turk182

      Nor will the US under Comrade pResident Obama,the muslim Manchurian Candidate.

  • http://historyscoper.com/ T.L. Winslow

    Death to America and Israel + Whirling Centrifuges = Dead Jews. The rest is b.s. Israel and the U.S. should announce a Zero Tolerance Policy for Centrifuges, then after giving them at most 1 week they should NUKE all their centrifuges. The opinion of the rest of the world is irrelevant, because Israel and the U.S. have a right to survive. In practice, Islam-appeaser Pres. Obama thinks that he’s made the U.S. immune, and doesn’t mind cutting Israel loose. Sorry, but if Israel goes, the U.S. will be next. If Israel has to do it alone, so be it. GO ISRAEL!

    • SCREW SOCIALISM

      DEATH to fascist iran!

      HANG the aya-troglodites!

      LONG LIVE PERSIA!

    • turk182

      “world opinion” may not matter,but the resultant nuclear fallout that drifts into other nations will matter. If we can destroy Iran’s nuclear facilities with conventional weapons,it would be far better.
      it’s better that nuclear weapons stay unused. Forever,if possible.

  • Sgt Maj

    Time to wake up the Chicago thug posing as a president and show him what another Nobel recipient thinks of his disastrous decision to make pals with an enemy who threatens to wipe out Israel and kill Jews.
    You can always tell a neighborhood agitator.
    Problem, is, you just can’t tell him much.
    He gets his instructions from Jerry Wright.
    Putting Israel in harm’s way has been a goal from the beginning of the thug’s regime.

  • SoCalMike

    When Iran hands off a nuke to Hizbullah which they in turn detonate on US soil, American officialdom and media will blame Israel.
    They’re already poised to at this point in time.

    • turk182

      Iran’s first use of a nuclear bomb may not be over Israel,but the US,an EMP attack. An EMP attack on the US would set us back to 19th century living conditions we are NOT prepared for,and many millions would die from starvation and disease in the first year. It could mean the end of the US. Iran has been testing SCUD launches from containerships,with HIGH altitude detonations characteristic of an EMP attack,and not usable for attacks with conventional warheads . This type of attack is not needed for Israel,Iran’s IRBMs already can reach Israel. But with the US crippled or destroyed,Iran is free to do as they please,without any other Western nation able or willing to interfere with them.

  • The Facts

    Should I believe a mediocre author who drinks Chardonnay with genocidal real estate agents, and who is billed as a Nobel Peace laureate by a magazine that despises the Nobel Peace Prize and has stated so on several occasions? I can’t even believe “Night.” Mr. Wiesel even recharacterized his portrayal of himself in various renditions of the book.

    • 1Indioviejo1

      You are a sick man. Stick to the topic and let us see you rabid anti semitism exposed.

      • The Facts

        Are you kidding? Look at Wiesel’s last paragraph above. He disavowed his US citizenship. His message is well sent.

  • 1Indioviejo1

    Obama’s agenda and opinion stand with the Iranian Parlament yelling “Death to America” while in session. It follows that Israel must do what it needs to do in order to survive, let the sh** hit the fan and deal with it. The USA is a fickle ally in the hands of an America hater like Obama and crew.

  • Alleged Comment

    Oh, you will never get your wishes. Not with the demonic left in power. You cannot take them seriously or you will go nuts.

    They have demonized government to the point it is a joke. As I tell people you’re on your own, but you still have to pay them through the illegal income tax scheme they have devised whether they keep it for their themselves or fund your enemies. This is how mortally sick we are.

    It is good Israel has the BOMB!