In contrast to early speeches by US president Barack Obama and British prime minister David Cameron, who threatened both Syria and Iran – Ahmadinejad talked about peace and justice. He avoided mentioning US-Israel sponsored bloodshed in Syria or the US-Israel produced provocative anti-Islam movie ‘Innocence of Muslims’. To show their guilty consciences – the US, British, Israeli and Canadian delegates walked out of the forum as soon as Ahmadinejad took the mike. They all accused the Iranian President of spouting “paranoid theories and repulsive slurs against Israel”
Ahmadinejad decried the “current abysmal situation of the world,” saying it resulted from “the self-proclaimed centers of power who have entrusted themselves to the Devil.” He also slammed the“arms race” and “nuclear intimidation” being perpetuated by “hegemonic powers,” as well as “the continued threat by uncivilized Zionists to resort to military action”.
During his address, Ahmadinejad spoke the word “peace” 12 times, “justice” 15 and “love” 13.
On Tuesday, Ahmadinejad met leaders of Jewish, Christian and Muslim faiths including Louis Farrakhan, former US Attorney General Ramsey Clark and Leah Bolger, president of ‘Veterans for Peace‘. Interestingly, all the three are labeled as Israel-haters by the Jewish lobby groups. ”We note that Iran has been a signatory to the NPT since its inception in 1968, even though it does not have a nuclear weapons program. Israel, on the other hand, which is NOT a signatory to the NPT has a fully developed nuclear weapons program, but does not acknowledge that it exists. We also note that Iran fully supports a Nuclear Weapons-Free Middle East Zone, yet this proposal has been dismissed out of hand by Israel, and has been virtually ignored by the U.S. media,” Bolger told the guests.
“The only public figures that are vilified by the press at the UN for raising controversial questions – the alleged enemies of the empire—are Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez and Iran’s Ahmadinejad,” said Mike Berger, a spokesman for 911truth.org. said in 2010.
One problem central to the current tensions is that the US-Israel never accepted the legitimacy of Iran’s 1979 Islamic revolution, Ahmadinejiad said, calling for the creation of a new, less polarized world order.
“I do believe the system of empires has reached the end of the road. The world can no longer see an emperor commanding it,” he said.
There is a great article posted on the Washington Blog. Read the article here and see Iran in photos here.
Listen to Ahmadinejad’s speech at the US General Assembly, below.