U.N. General Assembly: Brief Summary of Speech of Iran President Mahmoud Amadinejad

At the September meeting of the United Nations General Assembly, a number of high-level leaders from different countries gave speeches to the General Assembly. The newspapers attempted to provide summaries, but a better source these days is to read the text of the speeches yourself.

One speech that was noticed this week was the speech of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. A number of newspapers negatively characterized his speech. Reading the text showed that the speech was indeed critical (as President Barack Obama delivered critiques of President Ahmadinejad (President Ahmadinejad listened to President Obama’s speech, the representatives of a number of other countries walked out during Ahmadinejad’s speech–I’m not sure of the effectiveness of this tactic today with the Internet always seeking content) , but also well-composed.

I describe a short selection of his speech below. I recommend reading the text in full.

President Ahmadinejad described the theme of his speech at the beginning–the difference of to worldviews, one based on materialism and imperialism and another based on human dignity and respect for all people.

Specifically, President Ahmadinejad critiqued the policy of the United States just printing currency, which passes U.S. debt to other countries.

It is no longer possible to inject thousands of billions of dollars of unreal wealth to the world economy simply by printing worthless paper assets, or transfer inflation as well as social and economic problems to others through creating sever budget deficits. The engine of unbridled capitalism with its unfair system of thought has reached the end of road and is unable to move. The era of capitalist thinking and imposition of one’s thoughts on the international community, intended to predominate the world in the name of globalization and the age of setting up empires is over. It is no longer possible to humiliate nations and impose double standard policies on the world community.

President Ahmadinejad also criticized the use of democracy to bully other nations.

Approaches in which realization of the interests of certain powers is considered as the only criteria to weigh democracy, and using the ugliest methods of intimidation and deceit under the mantle of freedom as a democratic practice, and approaches  through which sometimes dictators are portrayed as democrats, lack legitimacy and must be totally rejected.

President Ahmadinejad also critiqued Israel’s was against Gaza in which Gaza was destroyed but is unable to rebuild. Gaza was unable to defend itself as it does not have a military or heavy arms to thwart an invasion. [Comment: That the “war” was ended simultaneously with the end of George W. Bush’s term is particularly galling.]

How can one imagine that the inhuman policies in Palestine may continue; to force the entire population of a country out of their homeland for more than 60 years by resorting to force and coercion; to attack them with all types of arms and even
prohibited weapons; to deny them of their legitimate right of self-defense, while much to the chagrin of the international community calling the occupiers as the peacelovers,  and portraying the victims as terrorists.

President Obama: Reality Will Prevent Real Movement in the Peace Process

I guess its commendable that President Barack Obama refers to the Palestinian Authority President and the Prime Minister of Israel equally. The reality of the situation is Israel is the exceptionally stronger party (with U.S. support, military, and nuclear weapons).

The Palestinian Authority is fundamentally unable to form a state as it stands right now, regardless of the rhetoric. Moreover, expectations for the Palestinians to concede more is unreasonable.

The Palestinians:

  • have no control over their air,¬† land, borders, or water;
  • have no military or means (weapons, etc.) to protect their territory or citizens from external invasion [the same could be said for Iraq and Afghanistan were the U.S. military to leave those territories completely];
  • do not have a contiguous territory within the West Bank or with the Gaza Strip; and
  • are located adjacent to a state that possesses nuclear weapons.

I’ll agree with the President that the time for the actual State of Palestine is indeed today (if at all).