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Ahmadinejad, A Leader Who Thrives On Hate

Posted by Zamir Ben Etzioni on November 29, 2009

If you look back at the history of human kind, there have been days when there was a firm belief that only the strong are entitled to live with dignity. However, with the emergence of global village and democratic societies across the world, many of us have come to believe that a sense of fairness and justice prevails today. With world bodies such as the United Nations, Common Wealth and regional cooperation bodies, it appears that world finally has understood the importance of co-existence and co-operation. While this might be true in most parts of the world, there do exist several pockets, where rogue regimes that discrminate its citizens based on race, religion or some sort of a division among human beings.

From time to time, the world has indeed witnessed the emergence of individuals who have put the human civilization to shame. There are leaders who have cultivated hatred and intolerance among societies that resulted in a hate based society. Such societies have inturn created cold blooded killers who have no regard to human dignity. The list of such war mongering leaders still continues to grow to this day.

The leaders I have documented hail from different parts of the world and speak different languages and have different habbits, food patterns, etc.. But they have one common thing – they are against equality and love to all human beings. They are against freedom and human rights. Their pretext to denying freedom may be different, but their approach seem to be strikingly similar.

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is the sixth and current President of the Islamic Republic of Iran, and the main political leader of the Alliance of Builders of Islamic Iran, a coalition of conservative political groups in the country. Ahmadinejad is a controversial figure both within Iran and internationally. He has been criticized domestically for his economic lapses and disregard for human rights. He supports Iran’s nuclear energy program. His election to a second term in 2009 was widely disputed and caused widespread protests domestically and drew significant international criticism. Major opposition parties,traditional clerical circles and influential Iranian politicians questioned the legitimacy of his presidency.

Ahmadinejad is an outspoken critic of the United States, Israel, and Great Britain. He does not regard the state of Israel as legitimate or representative of the region’s population. He advocates “free elections” for the region, and believes Palestinians need a stronger voice in the region’s future. He has been characterized in much of the West by a particular comment he made in 2005 which was initially translated as calling for the “occupying regime” (taken to mean Israel) to be “wiped off the map.” The comment caused significant controversy, though its translation and interpretation are disputed. He has also been accused of describing the Holocaust as a myth.

On 26 October 2005 Ahmadinejad gave a speech at a conference in Tehran entitled “World Without Zionism“. According to widely published translations, he agreed with a statement he attributed to Ayatollah Khomeini that the “occupying regime” had to be removed, and referred to it as a “disgraceful stain [on] the Islamic world“, that needed to be “wiped from the pages of history.”

Ahmadinejad’s comments were condemned by major Western governments, the European Union, Russia, the United Nations Security Council and then UN Secretary General Kofi Annan. Egyptian, Turkish and Palestinian leaders also expressed displeasure over Ahmadinejad’s remark.Canada’s then Prime Minister Paul Martin said, “this threat to Israel’s existence, this call for genocide coupled with Iran’s obvious nuclear ambitions is a matter that the world cannot ignore.”

In July 2006, Ahmadinejad compared Israel’s actions in the 2006 Israel-Lebanon conflict to Adolf Hitler’s actions during World War II saying that “like Hitler, the Zionist regime is just looking for a pretext for launching military attacks” and “is now acting just like him.” On 8 August 2006, he gave a television interview to Mike Wallace, a correspondent for 60 Minutes, in which he questioned American support of Israel’s “murderous regime” and the moral grounds for Israel’s invasion of Lebanon. On 2 December 2006, Ahmadinejad met with Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniyah in Doha, Qatar. At that meeting, he said that Israel “was created to establish dominion of arrogant states over the region and to enable the enemy to penetrate the heart Muslim land.” He called Israel a “threat” and said it was created to create tensions in and impose US and UK policies upon the region. On 12 December 2006, Ahmadinejad addressed the International Conference to Review the Global Vision of the Holocaust, and made comments about the future of Israel. He said, “Israel is about to crash. This is God’s promise and the wish of all the world’s nations.”

Reprinted from the TruthDive

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