Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and the uncomfortable 9/11 speech at UN

 

Iran’s President speaks his mind, USA officials leave the room

 

Iran PresidentAhmadinejad, caused fresh outrage on Thursday when he said most people believed the US government was behind the September 11 attacks, prompting the American, British and several European delegations at the United Nations to walk out, according to The Daily Telegraph.

 

The majority of the American people as well as most nations and politicians around the world agree with this view. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

 

It was the first time that the Iranian leader has broadcast his conspiracy theories in New York, which he has visited for the annual UN meeting throughout the years of his presidency. USA and European leaders have walked out during past speeches by Mr Ahmadinejad at the UN because of anti-American or anti-Israeli comments.

 Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

The Iranian leader also spoke of threats to burn the Koran by a small American church in Florida to mark the anniversary of the September 11 attacks. Although that church burning did not proceed, there were a handful of copycat incidents in which pages of the Muslim holy book were burned.

His comments came just hours after Barack Obama stood at the same podium and offered an extended hand to Iran and urged the country “walk through the door of diplomacy”.

Ahmadinejad also spoke of the sanctions imposed on his country by the UN over Tehran’s refusal to stop enriching uranium.

 

Some members of the Security Council have equated nuclear energy with nuclear bombs. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

 The United States Mission to the United Nations quickly issued a response to Mr. Ahmadinejad’s controversial speech. “Rather than representing the aspirations and goodwill of the Iranian people, Mr. Ahmadinejad has yet again chosen to spout vile conspiracy theories and anti-Semitic slurs that are as abhorrent and delusional as they are predictable,” the mission said in a statement.

The September 11, 2001 attacks were a series of coordinated suicide attacks perpetrated (according to official reports) by al-Qaeda upon the USA. The official death toll is 2,975[1].

9/11

September 23rd, 2010

 


[1] http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2008/07/10/national/main4250100.shtml

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