By Geoffrey Cook, Muslim Media News Service (MMNS)
New York–September 23rd–The President Ahmadinejad of the Iran spoke at the United Nations last week. It was a raucous and controversial affair, and was overshadowed by President Obamaâ€™s later accusation that Tehran had a third nuclear facility that his nation had not acknowledged; and, thus, had not been examined by the IAEA (the International Atomic Energy Agency). Although United States intelligence was aware of this facility for four years, it is curious the States chose this moment to directly confront the Chief Executive of the (Shia) Islamic Republic. Dr. Ahmadinejad responded that his nation was well within International Law (for they always had claimed that their Program was for peaceful purposes, and his nation did not have to declare it until it was closer to going online). Later the President of Iran committed his nation to an IAEA visit to that facility.
Ahadminejad has had the accusation of being anti-Semitic in the West, but how can he be anti-Semitic when he is the strongest State supporter of the Palestinians, a Semitic people! As he utters, â€œâ€¦can one imagine that the inhuman policies in Palestine may continue; to force the entire population of a country out of their homelandâ€¦by resorting to force and coercion; to attackâ€¦with all types of arms and even prohibited weapons; to deny them of their legitimate right of self-defense, whileâ€¦the international community calling the occupiers as the peace lovers, and portraying the victims as terrorists!â€ Clearly, an article in Britainâ€™s Standard of September 24th declared his speech at the U.N. was an â€œant-Semitic rantâ€ failed to read it closely. In a blog notation of September 19th by the great scholar of Persia, Juan Cole, reporting the Presidentâ€™s talking about Zionist emigration into the former Palestinian Mandate on a recent Jerusalem Day in Tehran, the President stated, â€œâ€¦The occupation of Palestinian land had no connection with the holocaustâ€¦â€
As for threatening to wipe Israel off the map, it comes from an ambiguous quote Ahmadinejad made from the late Ayatollah Khomeini, â€œThe Zionist regime over Jerusalemâ€ must eventually â€œvanish from the pages of time.â€
A quote is never directly coercion, although it could be interpreted as an indirect intimidation depending upon the context. He has denied the extent of the holocaust from six to five million souls exterminated. Now even the old Soviet Federation had their own take on the tragedy: It was not six million Jews that died but six million Slavs, because that was the majority of their citizenship.
The position of Ahmadinejad is, since the Holocaust happened in Europe, why should the Arabs, who had nothing to do with horrors of the thirties and forties in Europe during the last century, be the ones to â€œpick up the pieces.â€
Now, unfortunately, the Zionist Right has taken these ambiguous and culturally unspecific comments out of context for their own propagandistic vilification of this man and his country.
Unfortunately, most Western countries took the Zionist propaganda â€œhook, line and sinkerâ€ because of the right-wing Zionist lobbies in their own countries who have a huge influence over their politics by their overwhelming monetary reserves; and, thus Western delegates walked out when the President of the Islamic Republic of Iran stepped up to the dais.
â€œSemitesâ€ include Jews and Arabs — when their genes have been inter-mixed with the communities historically around them — and a good deal of the Eastern European Jews where descended from Khazar converts in the Ninth Century (CE) in what is now Southern Russia, and were Turkic and not from the ancient Levant.
Later they inter-married with Yiddish-speaking Jews who had emigrated from Central Europe (the present Germany) into Eastern Europe to form the Ashkenazi, who in turn, formed the modern State of Israel under a Zionist ideology.
Ahmadinejadâ€™s objection is not about Judaism as such (there are 20,000 Jewish citizens within Iran still), but Zionismâ€™s right to invade the Levant and to steal the (Palestinian) Arab land through Settler Colonialism â€œHow can the crimes of the occupiers against defenseless women and children and destruction of their homes, farms, hospitals and schools be supported unconditionallyâ€¦â€
Of course, one of the least auspicious aspects of his trip here was his recently contested second election to the Presidency with massive urban street riots ensuing (which your essayist desires to discuss in the ensuing few weeks.) Yet, he asserts that â€œOur nation hasâ€¦gone through aâ€¦democratic electionâ€¦They entrusted meâ€¦with a large majorityâ€¦â€ He, further, avers that â€œâ€¦the Islamic Republic of Iranâ€¦[is]â€¦one of the most democratic and progressive governments of [in] the worldâ€¦â€
It is a (Shia) Islamic democracy, though, so those under Jeffersonian or Westminster systems deny it as democratic, and; therefore, is against Tehran â€œApproachesâ€¦in which realization of the interests of certain powers is considered as the only criteria to weigh democracy,â€ and in a clear allusion to the former U.S. President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney, â€â€¦the approachesâ€¦[that]â€¦dictators are portrayed as democrats, lack legitimacy and must be totally rejected!…They can no longer sit both [as] the judge and the executor and challenge the real democratically established governmentsâ€¦The awakening of nations and the expansion of freedom worldwide will no longer allow them to continue their hypocrisy!â€ This leads him into his anti-Colonial / Imperialist views:
His anti-Colonialist position is clearly enunciated, â€œWe must all remain vigilant to prevent the pursuit of colonialism, discriminatory and inhuman goals,â€ and even more Imperialism, â€œIt is not acceptable that someâ€¦several thousands of kilometers away from the Middle East would send their troopsâ€¦ It is no longer possible to bring a country under military occupation in the name of [the] fight against terrorismâ€¦â€ Of course, he sees the root of the conflict is embedded within the overriding economic system:
As Communism finally fell, â€œâ€¦expansionist Capitalism will certainly have the same fate…â€ Further, â€œIt is no longer possible to inject thousands of billions of dollars of unreal wealth to the world economy simply by printing worthless paper assets, or transfer inflation as well as social and economic problems to others through creating [and] sever budget deficits. The engine of unbridled capitalism with its unfair system of thought has reached the end of road…The era of capitalist thinking and imposition ofâ€¦thoughts on the international community, intended to predominate the world in the name of globalization and the age of setting up empires is over. It is no longer possible to humiliate nations and impose double standard policies on the worldâ€¦â€ Ahadminejad is pronouncing an Islamic view for world economic reform.
Central to this manâ€™s personality and policies is his religiosity: His solution to the worldâ€™s problem must have a component of pious Muslim principles, â€œâ€¦we must take change seriously and help others through collective work to return to the basic moral and human values.
â€œMessengers were sent by God to show the light of the truth to human kind, they came to make people aware of their individual and social obligations. Piety, having faithâ€¦[in]â€¦Allah [SWT] â€¦offered by the Messengers of God from Adam to Noah, from Noah to Abraham, Moses, Jesus Christ and the last one Prophet Muhammad (s).
â€œAll of them came to do something to eliminate war and ignorance, to eradicate poverty and uproot discrimination in order to spread happiness in the entire world.
â€œThey are the best gifts that God Almighty has granted to human beings.â€
H.E. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad concluded his Islamic world view with â€œâ€¦Indeed, the bright future for the mankind will come, but acknowledging a struggle is required while â€œâ€¦waiting for that brilliant timeâ€¦letâ€™sâ€¦prepar[e]â€¦for that bright future.â€
Your reporter has been an admirer of President Ahmadinejad, and hope he was not involved in election fraud.
He has brought his Islamic Republic up to a regional hegemonic power within the Middle East, and a counter-weight to the external Imperialistic powers â€“ especially the United States.
If Iran was freed from the restrictive embargo, his nation would flourish!
They desperately require atomic power plants, despite the fact they are sitting on a lake of oil, for they do not have sufficient refining capabilities; and, therefore, have to import gasoline due to the embargo!
As for the nuclear weapons threat, the big problem in the Middle East is Israelâ€™s over-looming arsenal with no MAD (Mutually Assure Destruction) to counter-balance it.
If the Medes are preparing nuclear weapons, it is merely to counter Tel Avivâ€™s threat, and they would probably keep the bombs inactive unless an actual threat was looming–like India and Pakistan before New Delhiâ€™s right-wing party went nuclear to solidify their tottering coalition, and Islamabad had to answer in kind!