Ahmadinejad: 'American empire' nearing its end
(CNN) -- In a blistering speech before the United Nations General Assembly, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad blamed "a few bullying powers" for creating the world's problems and said the "American empire in the world is reaching the end of its road."
At the United Nations, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said countries are turning their backs on "bullying powers."
And while he insisted Iran's nuclear activities are peaceful, Ahmadinejad blamed the same powers for seeking to hinder it "by exerting political and economic pressures on Iran, and threatening and pressuring" the International Atomic Energy Agency.
Those powers, meanwhile, are building or maintaining nuclear stockpiles themselves, unchecked by anyone, he said.
As Ahmadinejad spoke, the only person at the United States table was a note-taker; no U.S. diplomat was present. When President Bush spoke earlier Tuesday, however, Ahmadinejad was in the room.
"As long as the aggressors, because of their financial, political and propaganda powers, not only escape punishment, but even claim righteousness, and as long as wars are started and nations are enslaved in order to win votes in elections, not only will the problems of the global community remain unsolved, but they will be increasingly exacerbated," the Iranian leader said.
He accused the United States of oppressing Iraqis with six years of occupation, saying Americans were "still seeking to solidify their position in the political geography of the region and to dominate oil resources."
The only thing I think he's wrong about is that the "rein of the empire is almost over." If McCain is elected it won't be over, because McCain is going to be McSame and we WILL end up at war with Iran. Palin has already BEEN rattling American sabers in an attempt to anger Iran and Russia.
Meanwhile, he said, Palestinians have undergone "60 years of carnage and invasion ... at the hands of some criminal and occupying Zionists."
He said Zionists in Israel "have forged a regime through collecting people from various parts of the world and bringing them to other people's land, by displacing, detaining and killing the true owners of that land."
The Security Council, he said, "cannot do anything, and sometimes under pressure from a few bullying powers, even paves the way for supporting these Zionist murders."
He stopped short of calling for Israel to be politically wiped off the map as he has in the past. He called for "a free referendum in Palestine for determining and establishing the type of state in the entire Palestinian lands."
See, now this is exactly what I'm talking about. He is saying a free referendum may wipe out Israel. It's all about "context". If the truth was told, he may have said that all along but it was translated as a threat to wipe out Israel by violent means.
Ahmadinejad pointed to what he said are signs of hope, saying an increasing number of nations are turning their backs on "the bullying powers" and seeking to establish new relations.
"Today the Zionist regime is on a definite slope to collapse," he said.
He cautioned that America's next "rulers" should "limit its interference to its own borders."
Earlier, in a recorded interview to air on CNN's "Larry King Live" Tuesday night, Ahmadinejad said he is willing to meet with presidential candidates Sens. John McCain and Barack Obama -- even in front of the media -- to discuss world issues and debate.
But he said he has no preference between the two.
"We believe that these are issues relating to the domestic affairs of the United States," Ahmadinejad told Larry King of the presidential race, according to a transcript of the interview.
"And decisions pertaining to that must be made by the American people. And it's not important to us either," Ahmadinejad said. "What matters essentially is that the president that is chosen by the American people should adopt a path and a policy approach and for us to observe the policy approach.
"This is the campaign period, anyone can say anything. So we disregard that. What matters is that once someone is in office, we have to watch and see if that person will bring about some changes in policy or continue the same old path."
Ahmadinejad was in New York City for the United Nations General Assembly meeting, which began Tuesday.
"I have said that, in fact, on this very trip, currently in New York, that I am ready to speak with the presidential candidates before the press," he told Larry King. "I believe that we've really done whatever we could do in this respect."
Asked whether he fears a U.S. attack, Ahmadinejad told King that attacking Iran would be the "worst thing the U.S. government can do ... I think that in the United States, there are enough reasonable people, smart people, who would not allow the U.S. government to make such a big mistake."
Withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq, meanwhile, would be "the best scenario," Ahmadinejad said. "But I think that it needs a timetable ... the presence of the United States there has not reduced tension and it has not limited terrorism either. In fact, it has increased terrorism."
On hostility between the United States and Iran, Ahmadinejad told King: "The hostility has not been from our end. Up to this day, we have always been interested in having friendly relations."
I really believe that to be true, because as everyone knows, our government "spins" everything to suit their purpose and hey, if you were him and you heard the American government saying something wrong or hurtful, you'd react with strong words yourself.
Iran, he said later, "throughout history ... has demonstrated that it is a nation that is for peace and friendly with others."
And he insisted Iran's nuclear program is for peaceful purposes, despite Western nations' concern to the contrary.
"Their concerns about us are not new," he told King of the West. "They've always been concerned. They were the ones who inspired Saddam [Hussein] to attack Iran and get us involved in an eight-year war. The terrorist groups that killed our president, our prime minister, our officials, are now freely asked to live in the Western countries."
The nuclear issue, he said, has been politicized and is not a legal struggle at all, noting the International Atomic Energy Agency, the U.N.'s nuclear watchdog group, has "not detected any noncompliance or deviation" on the part of Tehran.
This is probably true. The International Atomic Energy Agency is one group that is not (or so it seems) totally controlled by the USA and they have nothing at stake by telling the truth. And the truth is, so far they have detected no issues.
Ahmadinejad spoke extensively of Iran's support for Palestinians. The Iranian leader previously has made statements suggesting that Israel be politically "wiped off the map," though he insists that can be accomplished without violence. He has questioned the existence of the Holocaust, the genocidal Nazi campaign against European Jews, and warned Europeans that they may pay a heavy price for its support of Israel.
I have always wondered about that myself. Yes I know that many Jews were exterminated. That fact I do NOT dispute. What I would question is how a tale grows by leaps and bounds and perhaps as little as 2 million Jews exterminated turns into 6+. As with any story, real or otherwise, passed down through eye witnesses or survivors, it can get blown way out of porportion. Just a casual glance of the census of the day would indicate that some if not all the numbers have been overblown to the extreme.
He insisted, however, that he and his country wish no harm to Jews.
"We have no problems with Jewish people," he said. "There are many Jews who live in Iran today ... but please pay attention to the fact that the Zionists are not Jews. They have no religion ... they just have -- wear masks of religiosity. How can you possibly be religious and occupy the land of other people?"
On the Holocaust, he said an impartial group should research whether it happened as has been claimed.
"There is a claim that the extent of the calamity was what it was," Ahmadinejad said. "There are people who agree with it. There are people who disagree."
Ahmadinejad has also caused controversy by previously suggesting there were no homosexuals in Iran. Regarding that statement, he told King: "I said it is not the way it is here. In Iran this is considered a very -- obviously, most people dislike it. And we have, actually, a law regarding it and the law is enforced."
However, he said, "we do pay attention that in Iran nobody interferes in the private lives of individuals. We have nothing to do with the private realm of people. This is at the -- non-private, public morality. In their own house, nobody ever interferes."
There are homosexuals EVERYWHERE, get over it.