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Double standards on racism as leaders pour scorn

Issue No. 2148

Western politicians and journalists were queuing up to denounce the speech delivered by the Iranian president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, at the United Nations anti-racism conference earlier this week.

The US decided to boycott the conference and was joined by Canada, New Zealand, Germany, Italy, Sweden, the Netherlands, Poland, Australia as well as Israel. British and other EU diplomats walked out as Ahmadinejad began his speech.

But the truth is that the United States was never going to attend the UN conference on racism, long before Ahmadinejad agreed to speak.

The real reason is that at the previous conference in Durban delegates passed a resolution denouncing the Israeli occupation of Gaza and the West Bank.

Socialist Worker rejects anti-semitic conspiracy tales about Jewish control of the media and world finance and is resolute in opposing any denial of the Holocaust.

But none of these countries walked out of anything, or even protested, over the vicious Israeli assault on Gaza earlier this year.

The hypocricy of the US and Britain, who provided the weaponry used to butcher innocent civilians is sickening.

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What We Think
Tue 21 Apr 2009, 18:29 BST
Issue No. 2148
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