In the coming days, Iran will hold its so-called presidential election to replace the outgoing Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. It will no doubt be a fraudulent and undemocratic process, resulting in one of Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s hand-picked loyalists assuming the post. And while there is little that can be done at this point to affect the already-rigged election’s outcome, at least one high-profile American corporation --- Facebook --- can take a stand for political freedom and free speech by carrying out the responsible action of disassociating itself from Khamenei.
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Mark D. Wallace is the president of United Against Nuclear Iran. He served as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, representative for U.N. Management and Reform, from 2006-2008.
Earlier this month, United Against Nuclear Iran (UANI) sent a letter to Jennifer Lopez, the well-known actress, singer and judge for “American Idol,” asking her to renounce her ties to the Italian automaker Fiat. Most Americans have seen Ms. Lopez’s Fiat commercials, which she filmed as part of a multimillion-dollar deal that also includes product placement during her performances.
Once again, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has come and gone. In what has become an annual ritual, Ahmadinejad recently flew to New York City, stayed at a luxurious Manhattan hotel, dined with U.S. professors and students, questioned both 9/11 and the Holocaust in a vile anti-American rant to the U.N., and conducted several “interviews” with American journalists in which he never strayed from his usual script.