Skip to comments.U.S. progressives meet with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
Posted on 09/27/2010 11:55:43 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
New York, NY - Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad met here, September 21, with 100 leaders and representatives of anti-war, labor, alternative media and Iranian and Palestinian solidarity organizations. Among the participants were Sarah Martin, Freedom Road Socialist Organization, Margaret Sarfehjooy, board member of the Minneapolis-based Women Against Military Madness, former attorney general Ramsey Clark, former Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney, Sara Flounders from the International Action Center, Brian Becker of the ANSWER coalition, Ramona Africa of the Free Mumia Coalition and Amiri Baraka, poet and activist.
The meeting was called by the president of Iran with the hope that a frank and honest exchange of views will help activists further the cause of peace between the people of Iran and the U.S.
Specific demands raised include to oppose war, occupation and hostility worldwide; oppose interference in the internal affairs of other countries; support the right to nuclear energy for all, but nuclear weapons for none; and to support dialogue, justice and equality among all countries in the UN.
After listening intently to the statements of 22 of the participants, President Ahmadinejad said, We have a treasure chest full of views. I agree with everything you have said and therefore you have spoken from my heart also. Now I will speak in my own way.
He said that the source of war, capitalism, must be identified and pointed out. Violent capitalism is based on superiority, hegemony and violation of rights. He went on to say that one reason capitalists start wars is to fill up their pockets. They must empty their arsenals so they can build more weapons. As he said at a U.N. meeting earlier in the day, Capitalism has come to an end. It has reached a deadlock. Its historical moment has ended and efforts to restore it wont go very far.
Ahmadinejad spoke of the U.S. wars in Iraq and deaths of over 1 million people for oil . He pointed out that in an Afghan village over 100 innocent people were killed just to get a few terrorists. He expressed anger that even with the floods in Pakistan, the U.S continues to bomb Pakistani villages. He said it is hard to sleep at night after hearing the heart-wrenching stories of the Palestinians living under siege in Gaza with no medicines, no clean water and not enough food. He expressed solidarity with the activists goals of struggling for peace and justice at home and abroad and he pledged that Iran will stand strong to the end.
Speaking with Mrs. Ahmadinejad and hearing the president reinforced the importance of struggling against the U.S. campaign to isolate and demonize Iran, said Sarah Martin. Margaret Sarfehjooy reported, I think the meeting was important because we had the opportunity to meet with so many dedicated grassroots activists from all over the country and share our hopes for peace and justice with the Iranian people through their president and his wife.
I’m surprised that Obama wasn’t there...
I think the meeting was important because we had the opportunity to meet with so many dedicated grassroots activists from all over the country and share our hopes for peace and justice with the Iranian people through their president and his wife.
And, God help us, probably on our dime, ultimately.
We have problems with the government of Iran, not the people.
Who says he wasn’t? Or maybe Michelle?
Whatever happened to treason? This bunch was probably working with the Nutjob on the latest flotilla to disrupt Israel.
That list reads like a roster at a maximum security mental institution.....
one of them will potentially grant sanctuary to an iranian nuke and the ignition team in a bronx brownstone before detonation. the device will pass through venezuala, mexico, and arizona.
same tactic in dorchester and roxbury with the 911 hijackers. they did not just drop from the sky, so to speak... they were granted sanctuary by like minded individual contributors.
no one cares until after the fact.
“...The meeting was called by the president of Iran with the hope that a frank and honest exchange of views will help activists further the cause of peace between the people of Iran and the U.S...”
Yet this was reported by a source named “FIGHT BACK”....
Good grief....can you imagine overhearing a conversation among these loons?
I think I'd be physically ill.
Kind of like the bar scene in Star Wars....course, you could say that about the entire Government these days too.
Had a tee time.
Like lambs to the slaughter. These fools can’t even entertain the possibility that Nutjob is telling them exactly what they want to hear. The Father of Lies, indeed.
Mostly women too ...
Every last one of these useful idiots are enemies of America
Any enemy of America is a friend of the “progressives.”
The People are at peace. Only the Jihadist Mullahs are being antagonistic.
Did this really happen, or is this a satire? I thought Ramsey Clark was dead.
These people are Achmednutjub's allies and fifth columnists.
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