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Posted on 08/13/2006 4:36:03 PM PDT by NormsRevenge
WASHINGTON - Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad blames the U.S. for growing violence in the Mideast, saying fighting has continued in Lebanon because the United Nations only serves U.S. interests.
In an interview airing Sunday on "60 Minutes," Ahmadinejad said it was Hezbollah that had a right to defend itself in its war with Israel. Even so, he said Iran joined others in calling for an immediate cease-fire only to have it thwarted by U.S. support for Israel.
"We are not at all happy with war," he said. "People, innocent people are being killed."
Saying the U.N. has failed to provide security in the region, Ahmadinejad said: "We see that it is not responding to atrocities. If we search for the root causes, we see the hand of the British and the Americans."
CBS newsman Mike Wallace conducted the long sought-after interview that was aired Sunday with Iran's president in Tehran. It comes 27 years after Wallace's chilling sit-down with Ayatollah Khomeini.
During the interview, Ahmadinejad reiterated that Iran had no plans to develop a nuclear bomb and that it simply wanted nuclear technology to develop energy resources.
The Bush administration is adamantly opposed, he said, because the U.S. is "opposed to Iranian progress."
"Mr. Bush's team and the parties that support him want to monopolize energy resources in the world," Ahmadinejad said. "Because once they have that they can impose their opinions, points of view, policies on other nations and, of course, line their pockets."
"Basically we are not looking for working for the bomb," he added. "The time of the bomb is in the past. It's behind us. Today is the era of thoughts, dialogue and cultural exchanges."
Ahmadinejad also said he doubted that Iran and the U.S. will have normalized relations anytime soon, saying that the U.S. will "have to change their behavior" before that can happen.
"Look at the makeup of the American administration, the behavior of the American administration. See how they talk down to my nation," Ahmadinejad said. "They want to build an empire. And they don't want to live side by side in peace with other nations."
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad gestures as he leaves a meeting during the 'Meeting of Friends of the Chair of the 10th Islamic Summit Conference' in Putrajaya outside Kuala Lumpur August 3, 2006. Ahmadinejad and other leaders from the Islamic world demanded a halt on Thursday to Israeli attacks on Lebanon and Gaza and weighed inclusion of Muslim forces in a future peacekeeping operation. REUTERS/Bazuki Muhammad (MALAYSIA)
Spinning through the channels tonight, I watched 20 seconds of the Wallace interview. I feel sorry for Mike, he has lost it and should never have this interview.
He was duped and he has no clue.
Yep, out of all the nutty things this guy has said, this one is undoubtedly the nuttiest.
In this image made available by CBS News, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, right, talks to American reporter Mike Wallace at the Presidential Palace in Tehran Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2006 for a '60 Minutes' report broadcast Sunday Aug. 13. Twenty-seven years after a chilling sit-down with Ayatollah Khomeini that was one of Wallace's most memorable, the CBS newsman snagged an interview this week with current Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in Tehran. (AP Photo/CBS News)
I feel sorry for his son Chris.
Yes, that goes without saying....
If Mike Wallace was duped I think it was all-too-willingly. Yeah, he's a bit senile these days, but he's no stranger to being a useful idiot. I could easily see the guy interviewing the Ayatollah Khomeini back in the day. ....if he could.
I'll be REAL curious to see what the ratings are for this piece of tripe.
I feel sorry for all of us west coasters who have to wait 2 more hours to see what we can stomach of the interview. ;-)
He wanted to negotiate every question. Typical.
(Go Israel, Go! Slap 'Em Down Hezbullies.)
Like I said, 20 seconds was my limit.
2. Mike Wallace said that if he knew that the enemy forces werwe over the next hill, he would NOT tell our soldiers....he said he's a reporter FIRST...and an AMERICAN second!!!!
Just those two things make Mike Wallace a VILE person.
"Today is the era of thoughts, dialogue and cultural exchanges.", but not in Iran. That is why he practices censorship and imprisonment of political dissidents.
Ahmadinejad Says Jewish Threat Must Be Countered
Speaking at an emergency meeting of Muslim leaders in Malaysia, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said that United action against the Jews is imperative if their plan for world domination laid out 100 years ago in the Protocols of the Elders of Zion is to be thwarted. We must rid the world of this sub-human filth by any means possible if mankind is to be saved.
"An immediate cease-fire must be implemented if the final solution to the Jewish problem in the Middle East is to be achieved, Ahmadinejad told meeting attendees. The Zionists are pounding our Muslim brothers. We need time to regroup and rearm if the destruction of Israel is to be accomplished. The infidel dupes in Europe and America must be induced to restrain Israel before it is too late."
Ahmadinejad said Iran is planning an emergency shipment of weapons to Hezbollah, but needs extra time due to the infrastructure damage in Lebanon done by Israeli forces.
In related news, Iran has announced that should the UN attempt to punish their nation for its illegal nuclear program, the entire population will be summarily executed. They will have the blood of over 65 million people on their hands, said Ahmadinejad. When they understand how stern we are with our own people, they will think twice about insulting Iran. They will learn the hard way that we are a mighty nation.
(Go Israel, Go! Slap 'Em Down Hezbullies.)
I also found it interesting when Ahmadinejad said he feels bad that so many Americans don't have adequate health care. Now let's see: where have we heard that before?
Wallace said, "He's an impressive fellow, this guy. He really is. He's obviously smart as hell."
IMHO, he probably said that to prevent his own beheading.