posted on Sep, 25 2007 @ 10:19 AM
Firstly I'm a Conservative voting, capitalist, proud British Citizen. I don't read tabloid papers, and I don't believe everything I see on
television. I think the USA is an incredible country and having spent a lot of time with it's people I'm constantly impressed by their welcoming and
Having read the FULL TRANSCRIPT, not some edited tabloid version I have to say I'm impressed by the man.
I am disgusted by the hosts introduction, I think he forgot his manners, his courtesy and above all his respect. Like him or not, Ahmadinejad is a
president, a leader of a foreign power, and he acted like such, what an awful message Lee Bollinger has sent to the Iranian people on the etiquet of
Quick Summary -
Ahmadinejad correctly points out that, well before 9/11 Iran was attacked by a terrorist group that is now state funded by America! During those
attacks the government was decapitated and over 4,000 Iranians were killed! Double standards anyone? Lets see if the media points that one out!
He reminds us that American backed Saddam Hussein attacked his country and killed thousands of his people using WMD's.
He points out that they have been an IAEA member state for 33 years.
He points out that the IAEA has not once raised concerns over the Iranian nuclear program.
He points out that they have accepted the offer for foreign provision of nuclear fuel and technology in the past but have been repeatedly let down on
this, why should he allow it to happen again?
He points out that as a member of the IAEA they have a right to nuclear power.
He admits the the holocaust occured but would like to further research it's causes, it's origin and it's current day implications.
He absolutely states that his country does not wish to harm any other.
He questions Israel's right to exist and to own the land which it claims. He does not at any point say he wishes to remove it, nor does he deny this.
If Israel's land claims are wrong, should they have any right to that land?
He asks for a referendum across Isreal and Palastine, he is promoting democratic principles not followed by our leaders before we invaded Iraq!
He tells us that Jewish Iranians hold positions in the goverment.
He doesn't answer the questions about political detainees in Iranian prisons, which will surely provoke a negative response. But I asked myself,
would Bush answer specific questions about specific prisoners at Quantanamo, held without trial? I don't think so!
He correctly points out that America also uses draconian capital punishment, and that however this is acheived the end result is the same, death!
Something we abolished a long time ago here in the UK.
He points out that Iranian women hold high positions in the government. I watched a BBC programme not long ago that backed this up, with Iranian
business women claiming they are sometimes more respected than their male counterparts.
He claims not to have homosexuality in Iran! This is either a deluded comment, or something is lost in translation. He claims not to have the
"phenomenon" witnessed in the USA. I think it's fair to say that most arab nations have not seen it either! Draw your own conclusions there.
He says that he wanted to go to 'ground zero' to pay his respects. Personally I think he should have been allowed to go, after all he dislikes Al
Queda as much as the rest of us!
Personally he struck me as a composed, intelligent if not slighty too religiously orientated, leader. I felt that he dealt with a blatent display of
disrespect with dignity and professionalism. I think he got his point across well without needing to rant or try and stir emotions a'la Bush.
I think that for a country that has been continually attacked by western leaders and media he is incredibly placid.
Compared to other leaders he answered questions directly and did well to avoid been drawn into giving answers to loaded questions.
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