Tuesday, 24 April 2012
New York, NY, April 24 -- With Jack Rosen, Chairman of the American Council for World Jewry, looking on from the first row at the Holocaust Museum gathering of survivors and senior Administration officials, U.S. President Barack Obama spoke forcefully about the need for all free nations to do everything possible to prevent atrocities.
President Obama specifically referred to Iran and recommitted the United States and his Administration to do everything possible to prevent Tehran from acquiring nuclear weapons.
“I was deeply moved that the President and many senior members of his administration came to the museum, and spent so much time touring and then participating in the commemoration,” Rosen said.
“The President made several important points about not just remembering and honoring those who suffered and died, but about the need to be vigilant and to take action in the face of injustice and violence in today’s world,” Rosen continued. “As he said, there is no place in a civilized world for the kind of regime we see in Iran that continues to work tirelessly to acquire weapons of mass destruction, threatens its neighbors and creates international turmoil.
“I also commend his creation of the Atrocities Prevention Board with a strong group of senior government officials now charged with making a priority of stopping genocide before it occurs, and of using an integrated approach to use all the tools in the U.S. government’s tool kit to address mass murder and other crimes against humanity.
“All Americans, and the entire world as well, should hope the many genocides witnessed throughout the 20th century never again will be repeated, and that the U.S government can play an effective preventive role to ensure that outcome,” Rosen concluded.