A Serious Review Ahmadinejad's 2007 UN Speech
Also: How the Democrats are setting themselves up to lose in 2008 (Oct 07)
About a year ago I decided to start publishing www.onesalt.com articles on a "when needed" basis rather than every month, because other organizations like truthout.org and moveon.org were doing such a good job of raising the kind of points and issues that I would normally have discussed. However, last month a major event got seriously misrepresented by our mainstream news agencies in an apparent attempt to "sweep it under the rug." I'm referring to Iranian President Ahmadinejad's address to the United Nations. Most of our news agencies seemed to be far more interested in ridiculing Ahmadinejad than in actually covering what he had to say.
a. Some news coverage focused only on Ahmadinejad's dumb statement regarding homosexuals in Iran or on the Bush Administration's attempts to rebut Ahmadinejad's claim that the "book is closed" regarding fears that Iran may be developing nuclear weapons. The Iranians have agreed to allow the International Atomic Energy Agency to monitor their nuclear development activities, which they believe should be a sufficient safeguard.
b. Other news reports focused primarily on Columbia University President Lee Bollinger's untrue statement that Ahmadinejad had "all the signs of a petty and cruel dictator", despite the fact that Ahmadinejad was elected to office in 2005 with a 62% majority in the runoff phase of Iran's direct popular vote electoral system. Bollinger expressed "revulsion" at what Ahmadinejad stood for even though Ahmadinejad was primarily promoting love-your-neighbor principles and appealing to people to abide by the rule of law. What kind of a university president would find principles that were also taught by Jesus Christ to be revolting?
c. And then Joe Klein of TIME Magazine, who should have known better, joined in the trendy ridicule of Ahmadinejad. Rather that addressing the points he made, Mr. Klein superficially claimed that "The Iranian's words had no practical, only symbolic, global import."
Since most American voters were probably at work when Ahmadinejad gave that speech, few of them had an opportunity to seriously consider what Ahmadinejad had to say. This has MADE IT MUCH EASIER for our nation's right-wing war mongers to dishonestly demonize Ahmadinejad in order to "morally justify" launching a massive US air assault on Iran. When Saddam Hussein did that to Iran in 1980, Saddam's aggression triggered an eight-year war that killed well over a million of people! If George W. Bush actually does attempt to do likewise, he could easily (in a relatively short amount of time) end up raising the "body count" resulting from his decisions so far from the current million or so to as high as six million! And it is likely that this new body count will include hundreds of thousands of the sea-based as well as land-based American military and civilian personnel stationed in that part of the world. When will the Bush Administration, our Republicans in Congress, and our war mongering (or at least war supporting) news agencies begin feeling some serious guilt about what they've been doing? When that body count reaches 6 million?
Starting in 2002, the Bush Administration and the Republican Party began using Bush's planned invasion and occupation of Iraq as a political tool to "rally Americans around the flag" (and around Republican candidates) in order to seize and maintain control of both Houses of Congress as well as the Presidency. By falsely portraying those who opposed Bush's disastrous plans as being "unpatriotic", that bloody power grab by the Republicans inexcusably succeeded with considerable help from our mainstream news agencies. Under the slow-moving anarchy we euphemistically call "the national sovereignty system", it is not uncommon for dishonest despots to use such tactics for their own political gain (e.g. Hitler's invasion of Poland in 1939, Argentine General Leopoldo Galtieri's invasion of the Falkland Islands in 1982). It now appears that the Bush Administration is preparing to repeat that bloody trick, this time in Iran, for essentially the same reasons.
With these issues in mind, I believe that in order to save the lives of millions of people, it is important to take a serious look at what Ahmadinejad actually said in his recent speech to the UN General Assembly. To better understand Ahmadinejad's background, you can review it at the following website:
One additional factor that you should be aware of is that Ahmadinejad was elected under the rules of a direct popular vote electoral system. As I pointed out in my article "We Should Be Proud of our Electoral College System--The Golden Goose of American Politics" (http://www.onesalt.com/p0000043.htm) direct popular vote electoral systems usually create highly fragmented multi-party political environments where no one the many presidential candidates truly represent a majority of the voters. Each candidate has to take fairly extreme positions on various issues in order to distinguish themselves from the rest of the candidates. Even after the second stage runoff phase of the process, the winners tend to be primarily loyal to their original core constituency. Most of the actual political power in Iran is controlled by a relatively stable theocracy, which explains why Iran's direct popular vote electoral system hasn't torn Iran's government apart (as it has done in many other countries that have tried using a direct popular vote electoral system). By contrast, for the reasons described in my article above, our own Electoral College System tends to make it more difficult for extremist candidates to win. But you may ask, "If that is so, then how did a greed-is-good extremist like George W. Bush get elected?" Good question. It was because under Karl Rove's guidance, George W. Bush was able to falsely portray himself as a moderate "compassionate conservative", and his overly polite and ideologically clueless Democratic opponents let him get away with such dishonest tactics--TWICE! Also, another major reason that George W. Bush "won the election" the first time was due to the unscrupulous intervention into our electoral process made by our Supreme Court whose Republican majority clearly didn't care how the residents of Florida actually voted. Anyhow, it's important to note that in spite of the Iranian candidates' need to make extreme statements in order to distinguish themselves from the rest of the candidates (and to please their hard-core constituents), as we often see here in America, it is not uncommon for politicians to decide not to "deliver" on their campaign promises once they are in office. This appears to have been the case with Ahmadinejad as well, at least with regards to earlier statements attributed to him regarding the holocaust and "wiping out" the state of Israel.
It took considerable searching to locate the text of Ahmadinejad's UN speech, but I was finally able to find this copy at:
[From here on, my editorial comments regarding the issues raised in Ahmadinejad's speech will be presented in brackets.]
The following is the text of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's address to the 62nd session of the UN General Assembly in New York on New York, Sept 26, 2007:
1. In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful "Oh God, hasten the arrival of Imam Al-Mahdi and grant him good health and victory and make us his followers and those who attest to his rightfulness"
[The Shiites believe that Jesus was a great prophet whose teachings should be seriously considered, but rather than looking forward to a "Second Coming of Christ", they look forward to a "Second Coming of Imam Al-Mahdi" (their version of a "Messiah") whom they believe was hidden by God until some appropriate time in the future. Apparently, Ahmadinejad believes that Iman Al-Mahdi will return in physical form as a "perfect human being", but perhaps some research should be done to determine whether or not the relevant Muslim scriptures were actually describing the return of a SPIRITUAL human being in a manner similar to the way that Christian scriptures describe the Second Coming of Christ. As you can see here, Ahmadinejad comes from a seriously religious background, as do most of his supporters in Iran.]
2. Mr. President, Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen, I am pleased and grateful to the Almighty to have the opportunity once again to attend this important universal forum.
[Ahmadinejad really did risk his life to come to New York for this occasion. Some members of the Bush Administration, some members of Congress, and "Christian Right" religious leaders like Pastor John Hagee and his followers apparently want him dead.]
3. In the present tumultuous world and with the predominance of loud outcries, threats and tensions, and at a time when the big powers are unable to solve present problems, when mistrust in regional and international arenas is on the rise, when the psychological security of societies is being targeted by an onslaught of political and propaganda designs, and disappointment prevails over efficacy of policies and actions of the international organizations in the establishment of a durable peace and security, and the protection of human rights is being weakened, I plan to touch upon and explain the roots of and the ways out of these predicaments and some of the principal challenges facing our world.
[He mentions a lot of points in that one sentence, and they are all true--even his claim that he is attempting to help solve such problems.]
4. I will also speak to you about the need for remedying the present situation, prospects for a brighter and a more hopeful future, and about the appearance of the sublime and beauty, compassion and generosity, justice and blossoming of all the God-given human talents and the prominence of faith in God and realization of the promise of God.
5. I will then submit to your judgment the nuclear issue of Iran as a reality and testing ground for the measurement of honesty, efficacy, steadfastness and accomplishment. In the closing part of my statement, I will offer my proposals.
6. Dear Friends and Colleagues,
As you are all aware mankind is currently facing important, numerous and diverse challenges and I will refer to some of them.
--1. Organized attempts to destroy the institution of family and to weaken the status of women.
Family is the most sacred and valuable human institution that serves as the center of the purest mutual love and affection amongst mothers, fathers and children, and as a safe environment for the nurturing of human generations, and a fertile ground for the blossoming of talents and compassion. This institution has always been respected by all peoples, religions and cultures.
[Many Americans would probably agree with these points, and many other Americans would probably disagree. One fact to consider is that over half of all marriages in the USA end in divorce. Yet in spite of that, in general we seem to be doing reasonably well when it comes to raising children.]
Today we are witnessing an organized invasion by the enemies of humanity and plunderers to destroy this noble institution that is targeted by promoting lewdness, violence and by breaking the boundaries of chastity and decency.
[There are many Americans who would agree or disagree with these points as well. At least in America, most of us have an opportunity to make our own choices in that regard. I don't believe Ahmadinejad's claim that we are witnessing "an organized invasion by the enemies of humanity and plunderers" in this regard; it's more like a disorganized scramble by many to use sex in one way or another to make money.]
The precious existence of women as the manifestation of divine beauty and as the peak of kindness, affection and purity has been the target of heavy exploitation in recent decades by the holders of power and the owners of media and wealth.
[Actually, if you think about it, that's pretty much true. But compared to Iranian women in general, most American women have considerably more rights or freedoms to make their own decisions in that regard. American women may indeed be "targets" of commercial exploitation efforts, but most of them can freely choose "not to be hit".]
In some societies, this beloved human has been reduced to a mere instrument of publicity, and all the boundaries and protective shields of chastity, purity and beauty have been trampled. This is a colossal betrayal of human society, of succeeding generations, and an irreparable blow to the pillar of social coherence, the family.
[Most Americans probably view Iranian women as living like home-bound slaves in a "male chauvinist environment." Due to our government's efforts to sanction Iran, we don't know how well or how awfully Iranian women are being treated in general. I suspect that, as in the United States, many good examples as well as bad examples of "family life" can be found in Iran. Something we do know is that while the Taliban (who are Sunni Muslims) had control of the government of Afghanistan, they made moral claims like Ahmadinejad's above in public, but behind the scenes they were abducting women and forcing them to serve as prostitutes for the pleasure and financial gain of their "masters". So from an American perspective, whether Iranian women in general are truly respected or merely subjugated is an unresolved question.]
--2. Widespread violations of human rights, terrorism and occupation.
Unfortunately human rights are being extensively violated by certain powers, especially by those who pretend to be their exclusive advocates. Setting up secret prisons, abducting persons, trials and secret punishments without any regard to due process, extensive tapping of telephone conversations, intercepting private mail, and frequent summons to police and security centers have become commonplace and prevalent.
[He appears to be referring to human rights violations practiced by the Bush Administration, but he may referring to offenses committed by Israel's government as well. There is plenty of evidence available to support the allegations he is making here.]
They prosecute scientists and historians for stating their opinions on important global issues.
[Here he appears to be referring to the government of Israel.]
They use various pretexts to occupy sovereign states and cause insecurity and division, and then use the prevailing situation as an excuse to continue their occupation.
[Is our government deliberately causing insecurity and division in Iraq? The Bush Administration's decision to disband Iraq's Sunni army certainly produced such an effect. And our funding of one group to fight another group within Iraq could end up making matters even worse. If you think about it, there actually is a considerable amount of evidence available to make Ahmadinejad's accusation in this regard at least appear to be credible.]
For more than sixty years, Palestine, as compensation for the loss they incurred during the war in Europe, has been under occupation of the illegal Zionist regime.
[The legality of the Israeli government's occupation of (and creation of Jews-only settlements in) some parts of Palestine has certainly been a matter of wide-spread debate. But in light of the 1947 UN mandate, I don't think it's accurate to describe the Israeli government itself as an "illegal Zionist regime." Although the Israeli government itself is not illegal, the fact that it has acted in a lawless, bloody manner on numerous occasions has been well documented.]
The Palestinian people have been displaced or are under heavy military pressure, economic siege or are incarcerated under abhorrent conditions. The occupiers are protected and praised, while the innocent Palestinians are subjected to political, military and propaganda onslaughts. The people of Palestine are deprived of water, electricity and medicine for the sin of asking for freedom, and the government that was freely elected by the people is targeted. Terrorists are being organized to attack the lives and property of people with the blessings of the politicians and military officials of the big powers. The brutal Zionists carry out targeted assassinations of Palestinians in their homes and cities, and terrorists are decorated with medals of peace and receive support from the big powers.
[These points are all essentially valid.]
On the other hand they gather a number of Jews from different parts of the world through false propaganda and with the promise of providing them with welfare, jobs and food, and settle them in the occupied territories, exposing them to the harshest restrictions, psychological pressures and constant threats. They prevent these people from returning to their homelands and by coercion and propaganda induce them to malevolence toward the indigenous Palestinian people.
[These accusations might be true, but this is the first time I've seen a claim that the Israeli government has been forcing Jews to live in those settlements and preventing them from returning to their homelands. Our mainstream news agencies owe it to the American people to know whether or not these accusations are true.]
Iraq was occupied under the pretext of overthrowing a dictator and the existence of weapons of mass destruction. The Iraqi dictator who had been supported by the same occupiers was disposed of, and no weapons of mass destruction were discovered, but the occupation continues under different excuses.
[It's all so true.]
No day passes without people being killed, wounded or displaced, and the occupiers not only refuse to be accountable and ashamed of their adventure, but speak in a report of a new market for their armaments as the result of their military venture.
[These points are probably true as well.]
They even oppose the constitution, National Assembly and the government established by the vote of the people, while they do not even have the courage to declare their defeat and exit Iraq.
[That's true with regards to the Bush Administration, but not true with regards to a substantial majority of voters in the United States.]
Unfortunately we are witnessing the bitter truth that some powers do not value any nation or human beings, and the only things that matter to them are themselves, their political parties and groups. In their view, human rights are tantamount to profits for their companies and their friends. The rights and the dignity of American people are also being sacrificed for the selfish desires of those holding power.
[All these accusations are essentially true with regards to the Bush Administration and its Republican supporters in Congress.]
--3- Aggressions against indigenous cultures and national values.
Culture is the manifestation of identity and the key to the survival of nations and the foundation for their interaction with others. In an organized movement, indigenous cultures that are messengers of monotheism, love and fraternity are being subjected to broad and destructive aggressions. National customs and values are humiliated and the self-esteem and character of nations are ridiculed and defamed. The purpose is to promote blind emulations, consumerism, skepticism toward God and human values, and the plundering of the peoples' wealth by big powers.
[It's not clear to me what victims and what perpetrators he is referring to in this case, but I have no doubt that there has been a substantial amount of plundering of peoples' wealth by big powers occurring throughout the world these days. Even within the United States, George W. Bush and his friends have been using their so-called "war on terrorism" as an excuse to plunder our government's treasury not only now, but for many years to come. It has gotten so bad that the purchasing power of the US dollar in world markets has been "taking a nosedive" lately.]
--4. Poverty, illiteracy, healthcare issues and the gap between the poor and the rich while a major part of the natural environment in Asia, Africa and Latin America is being plundered by the political and economic domination of certain powers, the situation of poverty and deprivation is very alarming.
Let me draw your attention to some data issued by the United Nations:
- Every day close to 800 million people go to bed hungry and about 980 million suffer from absolute poverty, with less than one dollar a day in purchasing power.
- People of 31 countries, equivalent to 9 percent of the world's population, have an average life expectancy of 46 years, which is 32 years less than the average of developed countries.
- The gap between the rich and the poor in some parts of the world has increased by forty times.
- In many countries, the majority of the people are deprived of access to education and schooling.
- In developing countries, the maternal mortality rate during pregnancy is 450 per 100,000. This ratio is 7 in the richer nations and the ratio of mortality of new births is 59 for developing countries and 6 for the richer nations.
- One-third of deaths in the world, or 50,000 persons daily, result from poverty.
I believe this data clearly demonstrates the tragic situation dominating economic interactions in the world.
[These are all valid points.]
--5. Ignoring noble values and the promotion of deception and lies.
Some powers sacrifice all human values including honesty, purity and trust for the advancement of their goals. They propagate skepticism and deception in the relations between states and peoples. They lie openly, level baseless charges against others, act contrary to legal norms and damage the climate of trust and friendship. They openly abandon morality and noble values in their relations with others, and substitute selfishness, supremacy, enmity and imposition, for justice, respect for others, love, affection and honesty. They sacrifice all the good things and the sublime in life for their own greed.
[That pretty well describes the Bush Administration.]
--6. Violations of rules of international law and disrespect of commitments.
Some who were themselves the drafters of international law openly and easily violate it and apply discriminatory policies and double standards to others. They drafted disarmament regulations, but every day test and stockpile new generations of lethal weapons. They framed the Charter of the United Nations, but show disrespect to the right of self-determination and independence of sovereign nations. They conveniently abrogate their formal treaties, and do not yield to laws concerning protection of the environment. Most of the violations of international obligations are committed by a few global powers.
[All of these points are true.]
--7. Escalation of threats and the Arms Race.
Some powers, whenever their logic fails, simply use the language of threat.
[The Bush Administration certainly acts that way.]
The huge arms race casts a shadow of threat over the globe. The nations of Europe were the victims of two world wars and a number of other devastating conflicts and were subjected to the consequences of the Cold War for many decades. Today Europeans are living under the shadow of threat, and their interests, security and lands are endangered under shadow of the arms race imposed by certain big powers.
[That's true, but England and France are major contributors to the arms race as well. Ironically, the same five "major powers" who are permanent members of the United Nation's Security Council (whose mission is supposedly to "keep the peace") are also the world's five largest sellers of military weaponry (often to people on both sides of a deadly conflict). I find THAT to be revolting!]
A bullying power allows itself the right to set up a missile system, makes the life of the peoples of a continent bitter, and lays the ground for arms race. Some rulers who superficially appear to be powerful believe the tools they have at hand can be used at any time and for any purpose and consequently threaten others and cast the shadow of insecurity over nations and regions.
[That's true regarding the conduct of the Bush Administration.]
--8. Inefficacy of international mechanisms in addressing these challenges and in restoring durable peace and security.
International organizations and mechanisms clearly lack the capacity to overcome problems and challenges, to put in place fair and just relations and peace, fraternity and security. There is hardly any government or nation that places much hope in these mechanisms to secure its rights or defend its independence, territorial integrity and national interests.
[In his 2005 speech to the UN General Assembly (http://www.un.org/webcast/ga/60/statements/iran050917eng.pdf), Ahmadinejad expressed high hopes that the United Nations could help solve many of the problems that he identified. Now, two years later, we can see that he has reluctantly come to the conclusion that the United Nations, as it is presently designed, is highly unlikely to ever be able to successfully fulfill its stated "world peace and justice" goals. In fact, EVERYONE who had ever claimed that the UN could actually achieve such goals has been repeatedly proven wrong. Mankind has paid DEARLY for those design failures.]
7. Dear Friends and Colleagues,
There are many more challenges than the ones I have enumerated and I know that one would have introduced more if one had wanted to touch upon them, but I chose to confine myself to the ones I have stated. Now the important and decisive question concerns the roots and causes of these challenges. A scientific and careful analysis shows that the root of the present situation lies in two fundamental factors. Without doubt, the first factor lies in the relations arising from the consequences of the Second World War. The victors of the war drew the roadmap for global domination and formulated their policies not on the basis of justice but for ensuring the interests of the victors over the vanquished nations. Therefore mechanisms arising from this approach and related policies have not been capable of finding just solutions for global problems since 60 years ago.
[These are all valid points. Many of these points were raised by the World Federalist Movement that began in the United States shortly after the United Nations was established; its members recognized that the UN wasn't adequately designed or empowered to successfully accomplish its stated objectives. In order to effectively achieve its peace-making goals, it would have to be a true world government. And in order to be a true world government, it would have to have the authority and means to support itself by levying taxes directly upon the people of the world (or perhaps on the businesses of the world), and it would have to have a world-wide police force that could enforce its laws by arresting, trying, and incarcerating proven violators as opposed to the current Bush Administration practice of dropping bombs on "suspected terrorists" and their families. Such a government could be peacefully created in much the same was as the EU was peacefully created. Once such a government proves its effectiveness at maintaining law and order world wide, there would no longer be any plausible need for military organizations or nuclear weapons. Once those are phased out, taxes for everyone will be relatively lower than they are today, because they would no longer have to pay for enormously expensive military organizations and their "military industrial complexes" which were made necessary by the concept of "national sovereignty."]
8. Some big powers still behave like the victors of the World War and regard other states and nations, even those that had nothing to do with the war, as the vanquished, and humiliate other nations and demand extortion from a condescending position similar to that of the master/servant relationship of the medieval ages. They believe that they should have more rights than others and also are not accountable to any international organization.
[That's true regarding the Bush Administration at least.]
9. Mr. President,
Among all the inefficient bodies, unfortunately, the UN Security Council ranks first. They have created circumstances in which some powers with exclusive and the special right to veto in the Security Council act as prosecutor, judge and executioner, regardless of being a defendant or respondent.
10. It is natural that countries that have been subjected to those powers' infringements of their rights have no hope in getting what they deserve from the Council.
11. Unfortunately, humanity has witnessed that in all long wars, like the Korean and Vietnam wars, the war of the Zionists against the Palestinians and against Lebanon, the war of Saddam against the people of Iran and the ethnic wars of Europe and Africa, one of the members the Security Council was one of the belligerents or supported one party against the other, usually the aggressor, or the conflict itself.
12. Let's look at Iraq. They first occupied the country and then received authorization from the Security Council, the same Council in which the same occupiers have the right of veto.
13. Who should the people of Iraq complain about and to where should they take their complaints with hopes of securing their rights?
14. We saw in Lebanon that some powers, for a long thirty-three days, prevented the Security Council from taking any action against the Zionist regime with the hope of giving time to the regime to achieve victory. However, when they became disappointed in seeing their hopes unfulfilled, they decided to cease the hostility by adopting a resolution.
[True. He's referring to how the UN Security Council responded (or more precisely didn't respond} to the Israeli government's bloody air assault and invasion of Lebanon in July 2006.]
15. But the duty of the Security Council is to prevent the expansion of conflicts, to put in place ceasefires and to promote peace and safety. To whom and to what organization should the people of Lebanon complain?
[Another good point.]
16. Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,
The presence of some monopolistic powers has prevented the Security Council from performing its main duty, which is the maintenance of international peace and security based on justice. The credibility of the Council has been tarnished and its efficacy in defending the rights of UN member states has been undermined. Many nations have lost their confidence in the Council.
[All valid points.]
17. Some other mechanisms, such as the monetary and banking mechanisms, are in the same undesirable situation and have been turned into tools for the imposition of the wishes of some powers on other nations. It is evident that these mechanisms are not capable of responding to current needs and solving challenges and establishing fair and sustainable relations.
[These might well be true, but he makes no attempt to substantiate them in his speech.]
18. Dear Colleagues,
Again, there is no doubt that the second and more important factor is some big powers' disregard of morals, divine values, the teachings of prophets and instructions by the Almighty God, as well as the rule of the incompetent. How can the incompetent who cannot even manage and control themselves, rule humanity and arrange its affairs? Unfortunately they have put themselves in the position of God! They are in servitude to their own whims, and they desire to have everything for themselves. For them, human dignity and the lives, properties, and territories of others are no longer respected. Humanity has had a deep wound on its tired body caused by impious powers for centuries. Today, the problems that people around the world face are mainly rooted in the disregard of human values and ethics and also in the rule of the selfish and incompetent.
[All of these points are true regarding the Bush Administration.]
19. Friends, Ladies and Gentlemen,
The only sustainable way to the betterment of mankind is the return to the teachings of the divine prophets, monotheism, respect for the dignity of humans and the flow of love and affection in all relationships, ties and regulations, and to reform the present structures on this basis.
[This may sound idealistic, but he's actually right about that.]
20. To fulfill this objective, I invite everybody to form a front of fraternity, amity and sustainable peace based on monotheism and justice under the name of "Coalition for Peace", to prevent incursions and arrogance and to promote the culture of affection and justice. I hereby announce that with the help of all independent, justice-seeking and peace-loving nations, the Islamic Republic of Iran will be heading down this path. Monotheism, justice and compassion for humans should dominate all the pillars of the UN and this organization should be a forum for justice, and every member should enjoy equal spiritual and legal support.
[As you can see, these points "fly into the face" of the maliciously false allegations against Ahmadinejad made by the Bush Administration, miss-named "Christian Right" preachers like John Hagee, and Columbia University's President Lee Bollinger. And yet, most our mainstream news agencies have repeatedly demonstrated their preference for publishing such lies rather than revealing the truth in this regard.]
21. The General Assembly, as the representative of the international community, shall be considered as the most important pillar of the UN in order to, free from any pressure and threats by big powers, take required measures for the reforming of the UN structures, and especially change the present status of the Security Council and define new structures based on justice and democracy with the purpose of becoming responsive to the present requirements and to be able to settle existing challenges leading to the establishment of an enduring stability and security.
[Actually, an enduring state of stability and security will never be achieved until a true world government is established. Rather than the EU approach, the road that the Bush Administration is pursuing with either blow mankind off the face of this earth or lead to the creation of a fascist world dictatorship "of the super rich, by the super rich, for the super rich" which may still nevertheless lead to blowing much of mankind off the face of this earth. Consider the following scenario:
The weapons-grade anthrax spores that were sent through our postal system and killed several people around the time of 9/11 were manufactured in one of our own government's weapon labs. A home-grown nuclear terrorist attack could also happen "on US soil", especially if our government continues its planned development of "mini-nucs." As pointed out by Project Censored, on 17 Jul 07 George W. Bush signed an executive order that not only authorizes our government to confiscate the assets of those who oppose US operations in Iraq, it orders all government agencies to "take all appropriate measures within their authority to carry out the provisions of this order." It is precisely abuses of governmental powers like that which are likely to inspire American third-party sympathizers (like the Oklahoma City bombers) to use their "insider access" to steal some nucs and set them off in Washington DC, New York City, or wherever else they think might help them make their point. Lower scale things like that have ALREADY HAPPENED! As the Book of Revelation says, those who live by the sword tend to die by the sword. The very existence of those nuclear weapons is a threat to our security, even within our own population. Scenarios like this could happen elsewhere as well.]
23. Mr. President, Excellencies,
The nuclear issue of Iran is a clear example of how such mechanisms perform and the prevailing thoughts behind them. You are all aware that Iran is a member of the International Atomic Energy Agency and has always observed its rules and regulations and has had the most extensive cooperation with this Agency in all areas. All our nuclear activities have been completely peaceful and transparent. According to the Statute of the IAEA, any member has a number of rights and obligations. In fact, all members have to stay on a peaceful path and, under the supervision of the Agency assist other members, and they are entitled to be supported by the Agency and have access to the fuel cycle with the help of the Agency and its members.
[These are valid points if you accept his premise that Iran must have nuclear power plants (rather than solar and/or wind power plants) to meet their electricity needs. One might ask, "Why don't they simply build oil power plants?" Perhaps they are looking further ahead to when the world's oil supplies are likely to run out.]
24. Thus far, Iran has fulfilled all of its obligations but has been deprived of other members' technical assistance and, even at times, of the Agency's support. For about 5 years, some of the aforementioned powers have, by exerting heavy pressure on the IAEA, attempted to prevent the Iranian nation from exercising its rights. They have derailed Iran's nuclear issue from its legal tracks, and have politicized the atmosphere to impose their wishes through taking advantage of all their potentials. The government of Iran spared no effort to build confidence, but they were not satisfied with anything short of the complete halt of all activities, even those related to research and university fields.
[These points appear to be essentially true except for his claim that "Iran spared no effort to build confidence." His past claims regarding the future non-existence of Israel can hardly be considered an effort to "build confidence" in future chances for peace in the Middle East.]
25. They were only after depriving the Iranian people of all their inalienable rights, even to the extent that those centers not involved in the fuel cycle or not in need of supervision by the Agency were closed. After three years of negotiations and attempts to build confidence, the Iranian nation came to the firm belief that the main concern of these powers is not the possible deviation of Iran's nuclear activities, but is to prevent its scientific progress under this pretext.
[I think that's a bit of a stretch. The prospect that Iran might use its nuclear technologies to build nuclear weapons, even if Iran has no plans to do so at this time, is still a valid concern. That's one of the many problems associated with building nuclear power plants. Unfortunately, the Bush Administration would rather use this concern as a self-serving excuse to "morally justify" starting a war against Iran, rather that attempting to solve this problem they way we did with Red China (i.e. by becoming their friends and establishing strong business relationships with them). We appear to be using this approach to solve the "North Korean nuclear weapons threat." Why not use a similar approach with Iran? This alternative approach won't ultimately solve the world's problem of a never-ending series of wars and more wars, but it would help to stabilize the situation in the Middle East long enough to enable mankind to peacefully create a true world government in a manner similar to the way the EU was created.]
26. And, if this trend continues there will be no possibility for Iran to enjoy its rights, not even in the next 20 years. Therefore, Iran decided to pursue the issue through its appropriate legal path, one that runs through the IAEA, and to disregard unlawful and political impositions by the arrogant powers.
[There's nothing unlawful or warlike about that.]
27. In the last two years, abusing the Security Council, the arrogant powers have repeatedly accused Iran and even made military threats and imposed illegal sanctions against it. However, by the grace of faith in God and national unity, Iran has moved forward step by step and now our country is recognized as one with the capacity for industrial scale fuel cycle production for peaceful uses. Unfortunately, the Security Council, in dealing with this obvious legal issue, was influenced by some bullying powers and failed to uphold justice and protect the rights of the Iranian people.
28. Fortunately, the IAEA has recently tried to regain its legal role as supporter of the rights of its members while supervising nuclear activities. We see this as a correct approach adopted by the Agency. Previously, they illegally insisted on politicizing the Iranian nation's nuclear case, but today, because of the resistance of the Iranian nation, the issue is back to the Agency, and I officially announce that in our opinion the nuclear issue of Iran is now closed and has turned into an ordinary Agency matter.
[Can we trust the International Atomic Energy Agency to be competent enough to effectively monitor nuclear power plant activities and detect efforts to divert some of those activities toward building nuclear weapons? The UN Weapons inspectors in Iraq got it right when they came to the conclusion that Saddam Hussein no longer had any weapons of mass destruction. Members of the Bush Administration and our Republican representatives in Congress chose to ignore that conclusion for their own political gain (at great cost to us as well as the Iraqis), and now for essentially the same reasons they appear ready to do so again with Iran (without considering anything the IAEA can tell us about what's actually occurring in Iran's nuclear facilities).]
29. Today many important questions have been raised about the nuclear activities of certain powers within the IAEA which should be dealt with properly. Of course Iran has always been and will be prepared to have constructive talks with all parties. I would like to thank all the nations and countries that, during this difficult juncture, defended the legal rights of my nation and motherland and I also want to appreciate the members of the Non-Aligned Movement, our friends in the Security Council and in the IAEA's Board of Governors, the committed and law-abiding experts of the Agency and its Director-General for their standing by the law.
[OK. So on one hand, we can see that Ahmadinejad has been promoting the rule of law, which is a good and godly thing to do. On the other hand, as shown in this week's Bill Moyer's Journal, we have miss-named "Christian Right" preachers like Pastor John Hagee who are violating the first two of the Ten Commandments by promoting the worship of national flags, violating the ninth of the Ten Commandments by bearing false witness against their neighbors (claiming that "Ahmadinejad is Hitler", etc.), violating the teachings of Jesus Christ by promoting hatreds toward Ahmadinejad and his people and advocating a bloody "preventive military attack against Iran", and violating the third of the Ten Commandments by falsely claiming to represent God and Jesus Christ while acting in ways that are diametrically opposed to the teachings of Jesus Christ. To make matters worse, prominent Republican leaders like Senator John McCain, House Minority Whip Roy Blunt, and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich have enthusiastically endorsed John Hagee's efforts in this regard. And (Yikes!) Senator Joe Lieberman even had the audacity (or clueless ness) to falsely claim that John Hagee is a "man of God." I look forward to the day when the rest of Christendom can be relied upon to stand up and make it clear that people like John Hagee are potentially deadly satanically inspired bold-faced liars and con artists who, despite their claims, actually "have no god but money." Oh well, back to Ahmadinejad's speech...]
30. I would also like to announce that unlike the monopolistic powers, the Iranian nation is ready to offer to other members its experiences in the form of educational programs and based on its obligations under the Agency's Statute and under its supervision.
31. Now I would like to address those who have shown hostility towards the Iranian nation for about five years; offended and accused my people who have contributed to the history and civilization of the world, and I advise them to learn from history and their recent actions. They badly mistreated the Iranian nation but they should be careful not to inflict the same on other members of international organizations, and not to sacrifice the dignity of international organizations for the sake of their unlawful wishes. Today the nations of the world are wide awake and resistant. If you reform yourselves, the whole world will be reformed.
[Only if that reform leads to the establishment of an EU type of true world government.]
32. Nations are inherently good and can co-exist peacefully.
[That's not true, as the world's history of wars and more wars has clearly shown. The slow-moving anarchy that we call "the national sovereignty system" (i.e. the lack of a true world government) breeds insecurity in people which often inspires them to support and/or commit many kinds evil acts against other human beings. As I show in my article "What Does the Second Coming of Christ REALLY Mean?" (http://www.onesalt.com/p0000054.htm), one of the key purposes of St. John's Book of Revelation was to convince the world's religious leaders (someday) to utterly destroy the popularity of the concept we now call "national sovereignty" which in St. John's time was becoming the bloodiest idol ever created by man again as the Roman Empire began to fall apart. Note: Jesus Christ never criticized the Roman Empire; it was the closest thing to a true world government that had ever been created.]
33. They should endeavor to serve their own people; others that do not need them. Is it not high time for these powers to return from the path of arrogance and obedience to Satan to the path of faith in God?
[That first sentence seems to have lost something in translation, but Ahmadinejad's point about obedience to Satan is valid. In other speeches, Ahmadinejad and Hugo Chavez of Venezuela have referred to George W. Bush as "The Devil" or "Satan" which is not exactly true. Like God, Satan is a spirit or spiritual being. It is more accurate to say the George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, John Hagee, etc. are "possessed by the Devil", "inspired by Satan", or "satanically inspired" as evidenced by their blatant violations of God's commandments to seek and tell the truth and love our neighbors as ourselves (without placing restrictions on our definition of neighbor). The author of 1 John 2:18 points out that many antichrists (plural) will appear in the end times; not just one as America's "rapture-promising" religious leaders claim. An "antichrist" is essentially any religious leader who uses God's name in vain by claiming to represent God and/or Jesus Christ while teaching the opposite of what Jesus Christ taught. John Hagee and Tim LaHaye are typical examples of "antichrists." The fact that such people have made a lot of money simply reflects the fact that they "have no god but money."]
34. Would they not like to be cleansed of their impurities, submit to the will of God and believe in Him? Faith in God means believing in honesty, purity, justice and compassion for others! They can be certain that they will benefit from purity, honesty, justice, and loving and respecting the human dignity. They can also be certain that such values are more and more considered appropriate, valuable and beautiful by the nations of the world. This is the invitation of all the divine prophets from Adam to Noah, Abraham, Moses, Jesus Chris, and Mohammed (PBUH).
[Right on! Here Ahmadinejad is preaching God's guiding principles of truth and love. Jesus Christ based his entire ministry on those two fundamental principles. Contrast this with John Hagee's teaching that "to be a Christian you obey the Bible" (or to be more precise, he teaches that Christians should obey his satanically inspired interpretations of the Bible). Making an idol out of the Bible also violates the first two of the Ten Commandments. History is full of examples of bloody religious leaders who made an idol out of the Bible and ignored God's guiding principles of truth and love in their interpretations of the Bible in order to persuade their followers to do (or at least to support the doing of) enormously evil acts. This is precisely what our "Christian Right" religious leaders like John Hagee have been doing. As illustrated when Jesus was tempted in the wilderness, "Even the Devil can quote the scriptures."]
35. If they accept this invitation, they will be saved and if they don't, the same calamities that befell the people of the distant past will befall them as well.
[He's right to the extent that until a democratic true world government is established, there will continue to be wars and rumors of wars. Everyone who has ever claimed otherwise has been repeatedly proven wrong.]
36. According to the holy Quran:
"One who does not answer the divine call should not think that he has weakened God on earth; he has no companion but God and he is clearly engulfed by darkness". They have nothing of their own and cannot escape from the dominion of the rule of God and His will.
[True. God's guiding principles of truth and love reflect a force in nature that has shaped the advancement of civilization in the long run, despite numerous deadly setbacks along the way.]
37. In this important gathering, I have to remind them of the following words of the Almighty which have been mentioned in the Holy Quran: "Do they not look at the powers and governments which came before them? If the people of the past had actually possessed something, they would have kept it and would not have let you possess it now. God destroyed them because of their sins and nobody could protect them against the will of God". They have to know that thoughts and methods based on oppression and injustice are doomed to failure. Do they not see the signs of vigilance and resistance based on monotheism, philanthropy and the justice-seeking spirit of the nations of the world? Do they not notice that we are nearing the sunset of the time of empires? I hope that this invitation will have a practical answer.
[His point about "nearing the sunset of the time of empires" is not only true, but also very timely. In our current debate about the war in Iraq, the Republicans have gotten the Democrats ideologically "wrapped around the axel" of national sovereignty. Many Democrats have mistakenly "bought into" (and "validated") the Republicans' Rovian way of framing the issues. So far at least, none of them have had the guts to offer the American voters a vision of a true world government alternative for solving problems like nuclear proliferation, wars, "terrorism", famines, plagues, climate change problems, corporate plundering of government treasuries, protection of basic human rights, etc. All the Republicans have been willing to offer so far has been a reality-tattered vision of never-ending wars, ever increasing encroachments on our rights and freedoms, and an even greater migration of America's wealth into the bank accounts of the wealthiest 0.1 percent of our population. As happened to John Kerry in 2004, by agreeing with the Republicans' way of framing these problems, our present Democratic presidential candidates have fallen again into ideological traps that will enable Republicans to successfully portray them as being "gutless flip-flopping Bush Lites." In 2004, such successfully set and sprung ideological traps cost John Kerry millions of votes from registered Democrats and independents (more than enough to have given him an overall majority of the votes and an even greater Electoral College victory that year). Whenever a "wrapped around the axel" dilemma like this occurs, you can be sure that the time has come to reformulate or reframe the problem. In this case, the best alternative is to recognize that we have in fact been "nearing the sunset of the time of empires" and to propose establishing a democratic true world government to effectively solve these problems.]
Peoples and governments are not obliged to obey the injustice of certain powers. These powers, because of the reasons already mentioned, have lost the competence to lead the world.
[That's true so far at least.]
39. I officially declare that the age of relations arising from the Second World War as well as materialistic thoughts based on arrogance and domination is well over now. Humanity has passed a perilous precipice and the age of monotheism, purity, affinity, respecting others, justice and true peace-loving has commenced. It is the divine promise that the truth will be victorious and the earth will be inherited by the righteous. You, who are free, believers, and the people of the world, put your trust in God.
[This sounds like he's referring to the Second Coming of Christ, doesn't it? We need to make the motto "In God We Trust" a reality rather than our de facto motto "In the H-Bomb We Trust."]
40. You, who crave high values, wherever you are, try to prepare the grounds for the fulfillment of this great divine promise by serving the people and seeking justice. The era of darkness will end, prisoners will return home, the occupied lands will be freed, Palestine and Iraq will be liberated from the domination of the occupiers, and the people of America and Europe will be free of the pressures exerted by the Zionists.
[Yes, within the context of a true world government, these things could actually happen with no real "need" to kill anybody. The love-your-neighbor-as-yourself SPIRITUAL part of this solution is also important, because that Spirit will not only help to keep a true world government from becoming abusive from a human rights standpoint, it will also help to keep "greed is good" corporations from plundering the government's treasury as is presently happening in the United States.]
41. The tender-hearted and humanity-loving governments will replace the aggressive and domineering ones.
[Make that "the tender-hearted and humanity-loving government" (singular).]
42. Human dignity will be regained. The pleasing aroma of justice will permeate the world, and people will live together in a brotherly and affectionate manner. Striving in this way to surrender rule to the righteous and Perfect Human, the Promised One, is indeed the final cure for the wounds of humanity, the solution of all problems, and the establishment of love, beauty, justice and a dignified life all over the world. This belief and endeavor is the key to unity and the constructive interaction among nations, countries, the people of the world and all the true justice-seekers. Without any doubt, the Promised One who is the ultimate Savior, together with Jesus Christ and other holy Saviors, will come. In the company of all believers, justice-seekers and benefactors, he will establish a bright future and fill the world with justice and beauty. This is the promise of God; therefore it will be fulfilled. Let's play a part in the fulfillment of all this glory and beauty. I wish for a bright future for all human beings and the dawn of the liberation of and freedom for all humans, and the rule of love and affection all around the world, as well as the elimination of oppression, hatred and violence. A wish which I expect will be realized in the near future.
[These points or point very much like them could just as easily and truthfully have been made by a Christian pastor or priest, a Jewish Rabbi, or by representatives of most other major religions of the world. There is widespread agreement throughout most of the world regarding the need to follow God's guiding principles of truth and love. All it would take is for the world's religious leaders to band together, agree that they MUST seriously restrict their teachings to those that conform to the commandment to love our neighbors as ourselves, and to utterly destroy the popularity of "national sovereignty." As I have pointed out in my article "What does the 2nd Coming of Christ REALLY Mean?" the world's religious leaders are destined to do this someday. And when they do, people all over the world will recognize hate-your-neighbor religious extremists like Osama Bin Laden and Pastor John Hagee for what they really are-very deadly are con artists!]
[Individuals can also contribute significantly toward solving these problems by NOT SENDING MONEY to anyone who lies, advocates violations of the commandment to love our neighbors as ourselves, or who teaches people to place restrictions on their definition of neighbor. In response to the question "Who is my neighbor?" Jesus told his Good Samaritan parable thereby making it clear that placing restrictions on one's definition of neighbor does NOT conform with God's Will. You should limit your donations exclusively to organizations and candidates who do in fact take God's guiding principles of truth and love as seriously as they reasonably can. By doing this, you will be helping to make "Thy Kingdom come, on earth as it is in heaven" a reality rather than a mere ritualistic slogan!]
[CONCLUSION: As you can from his 2007 speech to the United Nations General Assembly (and from his 2005 and 2006 speeches to the UN General Assembly if you check them out on the internet), Ahmadinejad is far from being the "evil demon" that some in the Bush Administration, some in our Congress, some in our mainstream news agencies, and "Religious Right" preachers like John Hagee have portrayed him to be. For the most part, Ahmadinejad has been promoting and appealing to the basic principles that were taught by Jesus Christ. And yet, it appears that for what they believe to be their own political gain, the Bush Administration is about to launch a massive air assault to kill him and large numbers of other Iranians based on justifications that are no more honest or valid than Colin Powell's February 2003 effort at the UN to justify Bush's planned invasion of Iraq (seventy percent of the claims made by Colin Powel in that speech turned out to be untrue). Why should we believe the unsubstantiated claims made by General Petraeus who has evidently be tasked by George W. Bush to perform the same war-selling role that Colin Powell performed four years ago? We may be able to prevent this impending new war with Iran from starting, but only if we expose all of those lies and make it clear to Bush and Cheney that they will be IMMEDIATELY impeached and convicted of high crimes if they go through with their planned military assault on Iran!]
(one grain of salt)
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