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Tuesday, July 29, 2008

'AIDS is the result of conditions imposed by the big powers'

The craziest part about this is that there are people out there who actually believe him.

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad spoke to the foreign ministers of the 'Non-Aligned Movement' at their meeting in Tehran on Tuesday. There are more 118 countries in the Non-Aligned Movement, and as noted earlier this week, Tehran is seeking their support to gain a seat on the UN Security Council. Here's some of what he said [pdf link] on Tuesday.
Consider the situation in Palestine:

The roots of the Palestinian problem go back to the Second World War. Under the pretext of protecting some of the survivors of that War, the land of Palestine was occupied through war, aggression and the displacement of millions of its inhabitants; it was placed under the control of some of the War survivors, bringing even larger population groups from elsewhere in the world, who had not been even affected by the Second World War; and a government was established in the territory of others with a population collected from across the world at the expense of driving millions of the rightful inhabitants of the land into a diaspora and homelessness. This is a great tragedy with hardly a precedent in history. Refugees continue to live in temporary refugee camps, and many have died still hoping to one day return to their land. Can any logic, law or legal reasoning justify this tragedy? Can any member of the United Nations accept such a tragedy occurring in their own homeland?

The pretexts for the creation of the regime occupying Al-Qods Al-Sharif are so weak that its proponents want to silence any voice trying to merely speak about them, as they are concerned that shedding light on the facts would undermine the raison d'ĂȘtre of this regime, as it has. The tragedy does not end with the establishment of a regime in the territory of others. Regrettably, from its inception, that regime has been a constant source of threat and insecurity in the Middle East region, waging war and spilling blood and impeding the progress of regional countries, and has also been used by some powers as an instrument of division, coercion, and pressure on the people of the region. Reference to these historical realities may cause some disquiet among supporters of this regime. But these are sheer facts and not myth. History has unfolded before our eyes.

Worst yet, is the blanket and unwarranted support provided to this regime. Just watch what is happening in the Palestinian land. People are being bombarded in their own homes and their children murdered in their own streets and alleys. But no authority, not even the Security Council, can afford them any support or protection. Why?

At the same time, a Government is formed democratically and through the free choice of the electorate in a part of the Palestinian territory. But instead of receiving the support of the so-called champions of democracy, its Ministers and Members of Parliament are illegally abducted and incarcerated in full view of the international community.

Which council or international organization stands up to protect this brutally besieged Government? And why can't the Security Council take any steps?


Today, serious reform in the structure and working methods of the Security Council is, more than ever before, necessary. Justice and democracy dictate that the role of the General Assembly, as the highest organ of the United Nations, must be respected. The General Assembly can then, through appropriate mechanisms, take on the task of reforming the Organization and particularly rescue the Security Council from its current state. In the interim, the Non-Aligned Movement, the Organization of the Islamic Conference and the African continent should each have a representative as a permanent member of the Security Council, with veto privilege. The resulting balance would hopefully prevent further trampling of the rights of nations.
Al-AP quotes from what is apparently a different speech by Ahmadinejad:
While only infrequently mentioning the US by name Tuesday, Ahmadinejad made clear that he blamed Washington and its allies for trying to "impose their political will on nations and governments."

He accused the great powers of "fomenting discord .... to intensify the military and arms race" so they can feed their arms industries. AIDS, he said, also was the result of world conditions "imposed by big powers."

Accusing the UN Security Council of being a tool of the world's haves - which use them against the have-nots - he said it was useless to expect that body to be the solution to the world's ills.

"If the United Nations and the Security Council ... were supposed to deal with the problems of the world ... we would not have a problem called Palestine," he declared, in indirect criticism of the creation of Israel 60 years ago.
Actually, if the NAM destroys the UN, that may not be such a bad thing. The UN is biased beyond repair.

On the other hand, if the US is led by Bush or McCain, I cannot see a situation where it would continue to financially support (22% of the annual budget) a United Nations where it is just another vote in the General Assembly. If Obama's in charge, he just might go along with contributing 22% of the UN's budget and just having one General Assembly vote.


At 9:03 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

Its all the Jews' fault! Someone should ask Ahmedinejad whatever did they do to Iran? In a sane world, the two countries have no quarrels and might have common interests. The regime takes to anti-Semitism as easily as ducks take to water. Its an all purpose alibi.

At 11:14 AM, Blogger Yechiel said...

"If the United Nations and the Security Council ... were supposed to deal with the problems of the world ... we would not have a problem called Palestine," he declared, in indirect criticism of the creation of Israel 60 years ago.

Well, he's right about that. If the UN had dealt with the '47-'49 refugees via the UNHCR as it was supposed to, instead of creating UNRWA, they all would have been resettled in other Arab (or European) countries, and there would be no Palestine problem today.


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