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Posted on 09/19/2006 6:44:33 PM PDT by blam
Iran blows away Bush's warm words at UN
By Alec Russell in Washington and Harry Mount in New York
Iran's hard-line president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad made an unbridled attack last night on the foreign policies of Britain and America and in particular the invasion of Iraq.
In remarks that will infuriate the Bush administration and London and were clearly aimed at the two allies, he said the United Nations Security Council was being abused "as an instrument of threat and coercion".
America and Britain have been trying to rally the Security Council to confront Iran over its nuclear ambitions. But in his fiery address, Mr Ahmadinejad savaged the "occupiers" of Iraq.
"The occupation of countries including Iraq has continued for the last three years," he said. "Not a day goes by without hundreds of people being killed in cold blood. . . the occupiers are incapable of establishing security.
"Some seek to rule the world relying on weapons and threats, while others live in perpetual insecurity and danger.
"Some occupy the homeland of others thousands of miles from their homeland, interfere with their wealth and other resources. While others are bombarded daily in their own homes. Such behaviour is not worthy of human beings."
Mr Ahmadinejad condemned those who had weapons of mass destruction in an implicit attempt to distance himself from the West's accusations that his regime is trying to make a nuclear bomb.
His comments came after President George W Bush appealed over the heads of Iran's rulers with a warm message to the people, stressing that he was keen to resolve the dispute diplomatically.
Mr Bush was unapologetic about the invasion of Iraq, but sought to reach out to the Islamic world. "My country desires peace," he told the gathering of world leaders at the UN's annual general assembly. "Extremists in your midst spread propaganda claiming that the West is engaged in a war against Islam. This propaganda is false and its purpose is to confuse you and justify acts of terror. We respect Islam."
Mr Bush had warm words in particular for the people of Iran and Syria, two of America's greatest foes. "The greatest obstacle to this future [of peace and freedom] is that your rulers have chosen to deny you liberty and to use your nation's resources to fund terrorism and fuel extremism and pursue nuclear weapons." He went on to stress that America was working towards a "diplomatic solution" to the crisis over Iran's nuclear ambitions and to insist that he had no objection to Iran having a peaceful nuclear fuel programme.
He accused Damascus of allowing Hamas and Hizbollah to use Syria as a base to destabilise the region, and of becoming a "tool of Iran".
Mr Bush's speech covered many of the world's most pressing challenges. Announcing the appointment of a special envoy to end the violence in Darfur, he said the UN's credibility was at stake over the crisis there. His speech followed a grim valedictory address by Kofi Annan, the UN Secretary General, who steps down after a decade in office at the end of the year.
Mr Annan said: "The events of the last 10 years have not resolved, but sharpened, the three great challenges I spoke of [when he took office], an unjust world economy, world disorder, and widespread contempt for human rights and the rule of law.
"As a result, we face a world whose divisions threaten the very notion of an international community, upon which this institution stands."
Look for the UN to begin pushing for a world tax with the revenue to be distributed to the dysfunctional nations of the world.
Which will FINALLY be what it takes to get us out of the UN and the UN out of the US (move its ugly butt to Brussles).
There was a day when I would of laughed at this prediction. Now I have to wait till after the November elections.
"Mr Annan said: "The events of the last 10 years have not resolved, but sharpened, the three great challenges I spoke of [when he took office], an unjust world economy, world disorder, and widespread contempt for human rights and the rule of law."
Just shows how useless You and the UN really are.
If it infuriated him he would respond
They don't have a clue
Coming from the regime that plants bombs in synagogues and stones adulterers and homosexuals to death.
Sounded just like a Dem.
I wish we were WAMN Iran right now.
Good F'ing Riddance!
What a pathetic excuse for a human being.
Unjust world economy my butt -- how about an UNjust oil for food program? How about the UNjust blind eyes Koffee boy and his cronies have turned away from the genocides committed in Serbia, Bosnia, Rwanda, and Darfur? This man wreaks of dishonesty and corruption -- US out of the UN now!
And while he speaks of peoples suffering due to a lack of security in Iraq the number one cause of that suffering is none other than himself.
Here is a clue for Mamoud. The places in the world with the most thriving economy's are all free capitalist country's
It is essential that spirituality and ethics find their rightful place in international relations. Without ethics and spirituality, attained in light of the teachings of Divine prophets, justice, freedom and human rights cannot be guaranteed.
Is Ahmanutjob seeking the 2008 Democrat nomination?
He sounds a lot like the Democrats.
Don't blame the world because your economy based on Islam blows.