Very powerful speech…. American diplomats led a walkout at the U.N. General Assembly Thursday as Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad fiercely attacked the United States and major West European nations as “arrogant powers” ruled by greed and eager for military adventurism.
The two U.S. diplomats, who specialize in the Middle East, were followed out of the chamber by diplomats from more than 30 countries. They included the 27 European Union members, Australia, New Zealand, Somalia, Liechtenstein, Monaco, San Marino and Macedonia, a U.N. diplomat said. Israel boycotted the speech.
Last year, Ahmadinejad provoked a walkout by the U.S., EU, and others when he said a majority of people in the United States and around the world believe the American government staged the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks in an attempt to assure Israel’s survival.
At 11:26 into this coverage is when we start to see the delegates walking out. Here is what Ahmadinejad says at this point:
Look at the situation in Iraq and Afghanistan. It is no longer possible to bring a country under military occupation in the name of fighting terrorism or drug trafficking while the production of the illicit drugs has multiplied. Terrorism has widened it’s dimensions and has tightened it’s grips. Thousands of innocent people have been killed, injured, or displaced. Infastructures has been destroyed. And regional security has been seriously jeopardized. And those who’ve created the current disastrous situations continue to blame others. How can you speak of friendship and solidarity with other nations while you expand your military bases in different parts of the world including Latin America. This situation cannot continue. It is all the more impossible to advance expansionist and inhuman policies on the basis of a militaristic logic. The logic of coercion and intimidation will produce dire consequences. Exacerbating the present global problems. It is not acceptable that the military budget of some governments exceeds far larger those of the entire countries of the world. There are those the export billions of dollars of arms and [?]. Stock-pile chemical and biological weapons. As well as nuclear weapons.
Iran is not a perfect country, they’ve done their share of violence, but it sounds as thought Ahmadinejad has recognized that we all must change in order to gain a positive more peaceful movement forward. He is not pointing at any one country but speak as a whole. He recognizes and acknowledges the variance in religions in the world in a respectful manner. Those that walk out simply do not want to hear nor accept the truth of the matter. Peace nor harmony is not in their vocabulary, which is what Ahmadinejad speaks of. Ahmadinejad says some very powerful words. This is worth watching.
Ahmadinejad ends with, “Long live Justice and Freedom.”