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“The Word of our God shall stand forever” Isaiah 40:8


by Sam Jones (The Guardian)

Iranian President has a knack for making an impression during his controversial visits to the general assembly in New York.

A truck drives through New York with a billboard critical of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as world leaders arrive in New York for the United Nations general assembly.

With many former Middle East strongmen finding themselves indisposed after the Arab spring, all UN eyes on Friday will be fixed on Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Iranian president, diplomatic headache and effortless controversialist.

In all his addresses to the general assembly in New York, Ahmadinejad has demonstrated an undeniable knack for making an impression and propelling audience heads into hands.

At his first appearance six years ago, he launched a barely veiled attack on the US, telling delegates: “State terrorism is being supported by those who claim to fight terrorism.”

A few weeks later, he informed a conference titled The World Without Zionism that “the regime occupying Jerusalem must vanish from the page of time”.

In 2006, Ahmadinejad took to the UN podium to lambast the US’s “hegemonic power” and influence over the UN and to pose the question: “If the governments of the US or the UK, who are permanent members of the security council, commit aggression, occupation and violation of international law, which of the organs of the UN can take them to account?”

The next year, his request to visit Ground Zero to lay a wreath to commemorate the September 11 attacks was turned down. In 2008, he accused Israel of manipulating the US Presidential race, suggesting that “a small but deceitful minority of Zionists are playing with the American public”. His presence at the general assembly in September 2009 provoked a series of diplomatic walkouts after he again attacked Israel, accusing it of genocide, barbarism and racism.

Ahmadinejad upped the ante still further last year — and prompted another exodus from the chamber — when he claimed most nations believed the September 11 attacks were the work of the US government.

He told the assembly that there was a theory “that some segments within the US government orchestrated the attack to reverse the declining American economy, and its grips on the Middle East, in order to save the Zionist regime”. In slightly more measured terms, President Barack Obama described the accusations as “hateful, offensive and inexcusable”.

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