Arguing with Ahmadinejad

Aljazeera English reports on Ahmadinejad’s appearance at the United Nations:

IRNA gives lengthy excerpts from Ahmadinejad’s address at the United Nations.

‘ President Ahmadinejad, who began his address thanking Almighty God for having granted him the chance to attend the “important global assembly”, said that he had already spoken to world leaders about the major challenges with which the world nations have been entangled during the past four years. . .’

“I have also reiterated the need for a drastic change in type of viewing and dealing with the human beings and the world developments and to establish new justice seeking and humane systems aimed at constructing a bright future . . .”

‘Ahmadinejad said that “today” he wished to continue that discussion. “It goes without saying that continuation of the status quo of the world is quite impossible. The present unsatisfactory unilateral conditions are against the innate nature of the human beings and in direct contrast against the goal behind the creation of the human beings and the universe.. . “It is no longer possible to increase wealth artificially by printing paper money, amounting up to tens of billion dollars without real baking for it, and to inject it into the veins of the world economy and to transfer severe budget deficits into the other countries’ economies by transferring their wealth to certain countries. . . “The unleashed economy machine of capitalism that had been unjustly set has now reached the end of its way and is now out of order and this unilateral equation does not work any longer.”’

But contrast:

AP reported this spring: ‘Iran’s leading reformist presidential candidate attacked hard-line President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s handling of the economy, accusing him of mismanagement and driving a once rich Iran into poverty. Mir Hossein Mousavi . . . hit Ahmadinejad hard on the economy, one of his most vulnerable points with voters hurting from rising unemployment and 25 percent inflation . . . His populist policies — including handouts to millions of citizens — have also been blamed for driving up prices, and candidates have accused him of using such payments to buy votes. “Gross national product has fallen in the past four years. This means people have become poorer. This must change,” Mousavi said.’

Ahmadinejad said on Thursday at the UN

“Time is now over for some people to present their own definitions of democracy and freedom and to consider themselves as the meter sticks for the authenticity of such definitions, under such conditions that they themselves are breaching the same norms before anyone else. They play the roles of the judge, the prosecutor and the executioner all by themselves and meanwhile they act against the countries where true democracy is observed.” . . .

Ahmadinejad continued:

“The second point; “Changes and evolutions need to take place both at theoretical sphere and in practice, in structures and in methods, basically and at grass-root level. “The hegemonic liberalist and capitalist mentalities that detach the human beings from their ethical systems and from the heaven, not only present them no salvation, but also lead them towards misery, including wars, poverty and various types of deprivation.’ . . .

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Ahmadinejad concluded,

‘ “The Iranian nation has left behind a very glorious, totally free election, and marked a new chapter of national blossoming and broad global interactions with their landslide votes, putting the heavy weigh of responsibility on my shoulders.” ‘

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  1. Ahmadinejad has to be admired for taking on the lurking giant in the world – the US. He has not backed down and that takes courage and guts. He could have several billion dollars in a Swiss bank account if he would play the Mubarak / Musharraf game. Right or wrong, his principles matter more than a healthy Swiss bank account.

  2. You seem to have a bee in your bonnet about Ahmadinejad shouldn’t you be a little more detached?

    A link to an article on Populism, that middle-class bugbear.

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  3. Dr. Cole:

    Your Salon article says Ahmadinejad has around 60% support in Iran. If that's the case, it really damages your claim that the election results must have been fake, since that's in line with the reported vote tally.

    Anyway, the entire text of the 2009 UN speech can be found at

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  4. Thanks for refuting. I will give a link to it in my recent blog post, if you mind please tell me.


  5. Ahmadinejad is a lunatic that needs to be stopped.

    I'm an Iranian and I don't beleive for a second that Ahmadinejad has 60% support. His supporters are paid and bought for by hand outs and freebies,
    His supporters are Basiji and their families which make up about 15% of hte population. Who are the Basiji and why do they become Basiji?? Because they are given economic, social, medical, employment educational advantages that other segment of the society does not benefit from. The Basij is also given no bid contracts in oil contracts…

    Stop those hand outs and subsidies and see how loyal they are to Ahmadinejad.

    Hitler had a 90% support of his people too.

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