Iran’s chairmanship of the (mostly meaningless) conference of the Non-Aligned Movement conference isn’t going exactly as planned. First, Egyptian President Mohammad Morsi deviated from the script, criticizing Iran’s allies in Syria and coming out in favor of the rebellion. Then UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon joined in, sharply denouncing Iran’s threats of destruction towards Israel and its persistent denial of the atrocities of the holocaust. Businessweek reports:
“I strongly reject threats by any member states to destroy another, or outrageous attempts to deny historical facts such as the Holocaust,” Ban told the 16th summit of the Non-Aligned Movement today. “Claiming that another UN member state, Israel, does not have the right to exist, describing it in racist terms, is not only utterly wrong, but undermines the principles we have all pledged to uphold.”
This is harsh rhetoric from the ordinarily soft-spoken Secretary General; the Supreme Leader has effectively been called a liar to his face. An event Teheran was planning as a coming-out party has instead become a reminder of just how isolated the mullahs truly are.