Last year he gave quite the rant, and the US and other delegations walked out in disgust.
Well, he reprised last year's speech, carrying on with the same themes. And the US and other delegations again walked out in disgust.
Ahmadinejad told the U.N. audience that the United States used "the mysterious September 11 incident" as a pretext for wars against Afghanistan and Iraq.Note too that Iran has no problem engaging in all kinds of chicanery to remain in power - using force to thwart opposition protesters from having a peaceful voice and exporting terrorism to all corners of the Middle East but against Israel in particular.
The Iranian president offered his criticism in the form of a series of questions, asking who had engaged in slavery, imposed colonialism, supported military regimes and triggered World War I, World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War.
'The answers are clear," Ahmadinejad said.
"By using their imperialistic media network which is under the influence of colonialism they threaten anyone who questions the Holocaust and the September 11 event with sanctions and military actions," he said.
More than a dozen diplomats from other countries, including France, left the chamber soon after the U.S. delegation departed.
Mark Kornblau, spokesman for the U.S. Mission to the United Nations, said: "Mr. Ahmadinejad had a chance to address his own people's aspirations for freedom and dignity, but instead he again turned to abhorrent anti-Semitic slurs and despicable conspiracy theories."
Ahmadinejad accused some unidentified European countries of still using the Holocaust "as the excuse to pay fine or ransom to the Zionists." He also said any question about the foundation of Zionism is condemned by the U.S. "as an unforgivable sin."
When the idea of an independent fact-finding investigation of "the hidden elements" involved in the Sept. 11 attacks was raised last year, he said, "My country and myself came under pressure and threat by the government of the United States."
It has bought power and proxy armies in the form of Hizbullah and in Syria and Lebanon. Iran seeks to expand its power into Iraq, and looks to counter Saudi Arabia and other Sunni-majority countries in the region.
But it is with the United States and Israel that he doesn't hold back with his craziness. It's nothing we haven't seen before, but it's again a stark reminder of what Israel is up against and why Israel lacks a partner for peace in the Palestinians and other neighboring countries (Lebanon and Syria).