If like me you actually managed to watch the Iranian Presidents speech to the General Assembly at the UN in full the other day you might be wondering why the media has gone into overdrive about comments he made regarding the 9.11 attacks.
Personally I am not surprised at the lies being beamed across the western world as it fits perfectly into the existing game plan of demonising Iran to soften up the public before any planned attack. If like me you are someone who scratches at least a little below the surface of any packaged hit piece it won’t come as a shock to find out that once again what President Ahmadinejad supposedly said is quite far from the truth.
The mainstream media are all parroting the same line that during his speech to the UN the president of Iran dared to claim that the USA carried out the 9.11 attacks themselves as a means to boost their economy. This has outraged everyone including President Obama who expressed his outrage at the “disgusting” comments saying
“Particularly for him [Ahmadinejad] to make the statement here in Manhattan, just a little north of Ground Zero, where families lost their loved ones, people of all faiths, all ethnicities who see this as the seminal tragedy of this generation, for him to make a statement like that was inexcusable.”
The media are spinning this story as if Ahmadinejad had purposely gone to the UN to accuse the USA in front of the world for the attacks and have given no context to the remarks which came in the middle of an interesting speech that discussed how the world had changed for the worse since that infamous date.
The media doesn’t seem interested in the other parts of the speech which discussed how many thousands of people had died in Iraq and Afghanistan, how the existing UN structure is unbalanced, unfair and unable to resolve important issues such as the Palestinian conflict, or his discussion of nuclear energy and the nuclear non proliferation treaty.
Instead it has concentrated on a small part of his speech which caused the US delegation along with some others to walk out of the hall. From watching the news it would seem that he had actually pointed his finger at the delegation and called them out personally for carrying out the 9.11 attacks but what actually happened was that he was discussing how the world has changed for the worse since that date. He mentioned US involvement in the 9.11 attacks in the context of being one of three main theories about what occurred on that day.
He didn’t lie or say anything the world doesn’t already know. In fact many people do believe the US were involved some way in the attacks whether that be direct involvement or allowing it to happen on purpose. Therefore he was only referring to real world facts and opinions and not as the media would have you believe making up some new far fetched claim that no-one has previously heard.
Here is what he actually said:
It was said that some three thousands people were killed on the II September for which we are all very saddened. Yet, up until now, in Afghanistan and Iraq hundreds of thousands of people have been killed, millions wounded and displaced and the conflict is still going on and expanding.
In identifying those responsible for the attack, there were three viewpoints.
1- That a very powerful and complex terrorist group, able to successfully cross all layers of the American intelligence and security, carried out the attack.
This is the main viewpoint advocated by American statesmen.
2- That some segments within the U.S. government orchestrated the attack to reverse the declining American economy and its grips on the Middle East in order also to save the Zionist regime.
The majority of the American people as well as other nations and politicians agree with this view.
3- It was carried out by a terrorist group but the American government supported and took advantage of the situation. Apparently, this viewpoint has fewer proponents.
What’s the problem?
He was accurately outlining the three main theories that exist on this subject. If anyone thinks there is a consensus on the topic of 9.11 then they have been living on Mars for the last decade and I would urge them to read this, this, this and this.
Poll after poll conducted across the world and including the USA has shown that a majority of people believe in some form of government complicity in the attacks and it is also fair to say that the last theory does have fewer supporters than the second one.
The Iranian president was only outlining some basic facts and only mentioned US complicity in the context of a widely believed theory and one that millions of people subscribe to.
Therefore it is clear to see to everyone who wants to that the crime that President Ahmadinejad is supposed to have committed is based on non existant evidence. Yes he may actually believe the US had some involvement in the attacks in some way just like millions of other people do but he didn’t actually accuse America of involvement in the manner that is being reported.
But what else would we expect from the western media that is nothing more than a mouth piece for neo con pro Israeli warmongers who chose to fill up their headlines with false accusations against the Iranian president whilst ignoring the UN Human Rights Watch report on the Free Gaza Flotilla attack which was released at the same time. This report found that Israel had broken numerous International laws during it’s illegal and brutal attack of piracy that ended with 9 dead, many killed execution style, on board the Mavi Marmara and that Israeli commandoes’ response to the flotilla was “disproportionate” and “betrayed an unacceptable level of brutality”.
Whilst perfectly legitimate statements by the pantomime villain are spun into something else the execution of a 19 year old member of the flotilla is ignored and the UN report denounced as anti-Israeli and just another witch-hunt against Israel. Indeed the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called the report “biased and distorted.” Adding that the UN Human Rights Council which created the report was “obsessed with targeting Israel.” The Israeli Foreign Ministry added that the Human Rights Commission was biased, politicized and had an extremist approach towards Israel.
Yes it’s extremist in this Orwellian world of double speak to try and seek justice for the deaths of 9 people who were trying to break an illegal blockade which has led to the suffering of millions. Anyone who even tries to hold Israel to account for it’s actions is an anti-semite or self hating Jew in the case of those brave Israelis and Jews who have chosen the path of truth and justice for the Palestinians.
The Iranian president is one of the few politicians brave or stupid enough to publicly state his opposition to the excesses and abuses of the Israeli regime. He calls it as he sees it and because he sees where the current global road-map is heading he isn’t afraid of going on the record before it along with the Iranian landscape is wiped clean by an Israeli / US attack.
The pro-Israeli western media will always paint him as the evil terrorist enabler and despot ruler as this is the role he is required to play in the neo-con pantomime until Iran can be brought into the fold along with all the other western controlled bankruptocracies.
Whilst his religiosity is quite off putting to those of us who believe the Middle East would be a far better and safer place if it wasn’t some kind of Religious theme park stuck in the Middle Ages, it is no worse than Sarah Palin stating that she believes in helping the Jews because the Rapture is just around the corner or George W Bush believing that attacking Iraq was some kind of prophecy.
Yes Irans current government seems very authoritarian by western standards and whenever there is a story about an Iranian woman being sentenced to death by stoning for adultery it is shown up as yet another example of Iranian “backwardness”. It is hardly ever mentioned that Iran isn’t alone in the Middle East in carrying out Sharia law punishments and Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Afghanistan and Pakistan have all carried out similar punishments.
Whilst I abhor these kinds of punishments it is clear from our world today that crimes of moral turpitude are relative in their nature and whilst Islamic countries treat adultery as a capital crime we must not forget that the USA and China carry out similar barbaric executions involving gas, electricity and bullets. Locking someone in jail for years for possession of drugs is just as backward in my opinion although not as brutal however it is debatable whether it’s kinder to execute someone immediately rather than lock them away in a tiny cell for the rest of their lives with no hope and only constant despair and brutality as companions.
Whilst it is always easy to judge others who we have been trained to hate I have no doubt that if the USA were not as advanced technically as it is today and controlled by Christian extremists they too would be carrying out the same sorts of punishments as laid down in Deuteronomy and other parts of the Bible against homosexuals and those people who dare to eat shellfish or touch a woman during her “unclean” time.
I have no love for authoritarian and brutal regimes and I don’t support terrorism. However I do support the legitimate struggle against oppression that the Palestinian people face and Ahmadinejad is one of the few world leaders to call it as it is on these regards which is surely another reason he is painted as the bad guy so often. Iran supports groups which are opposed to Israel and which are deemed as terrorist organisations because of that.
Hamas and Hezbollah have fired rockets indiscriminately into populated areas and blown up bombs killing many civilians however so has Israel. Just because a state carries out an act of terror it does not legitimise it and we have a very long record of state sponsored terrorist acts which Israel lies behind. It is a matter of historical record and a proven fact that cannot be disputed that the following crimes have been committed by our friend and ally:
The recent televised attack in international waters of a peace flotilla that ended in the murder of 9 passengers on board including a Turkish American 19 year old who was assassinated in cold blood with 5 bullets all to the back of his head, body and face.
The crime against an ally and supposed friend the USA which involved the deliberate attack of the USS Liberty. An attack which killed dozens and which was covered up to the highest level.
War crimes committed during the numerous wars Israel has started against it’s neighbours. These include the massacres of Egyptian prisoners during the 6 day war, massacres of refugees in Sabra and Shatila, the deliberate targeting of civilians during Operation Cast Lead and the use of banned chemical agents and weapons during the recent wars in Gaza and Lebanon.
Assassinations of people the Israeli state deems “enemies” wherever they may be in the world. This includes the recent assassination of a Hamas arms dealer in Dubai, the assassination by missile of a top Hamas commander along with his four wives and eleven children during Operation Cast Lead, numerous other murders of PLO, Fatah, Hamas, Black September members as well as scientists, writers and other intellectuals who worked for Arab nations hostile to Israel at the time.
Spying on supposed allies and friends such as the USA to obtain political influence and leverage by entrapping officials in compromising situations such as Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky, the ability to listen in to any Americans phone calls due to a “backdoor” that allows Israel to intercept any call it wants.
Then there is the infamous case of who stole secrets regarding NATO nuclear strike capabilities which Israel then passed on to Russia. He also provided our cold war enemies with the details of hundreds of CIA operatives many of whom were then executed as well as helping China become the major military player they now are due to a complex software programme that he stole. This enemy of the state is lauded as a hero in Israel and there have been recent requests by both Israeli politicians and their bought and paid for US congressmen to release Pollard. Apparently this would help the “peace” progress but how this traitor obtaining his freedom has anything whatsoever to do with Palestine apart from proving that Israel is perfectly willing to blackmail it’s friends whenever it gets the opportunity I don’t know.
Apparent pre-knowledge of the 9/11 attacks due to their Art Student spy ring that was following certain Arab terrorists around the country. If they did know about the attacks and didn’t tell the US then what kind of friend does that make them?
And then there are the numerous examples of Israeli intelligence agents carrying out False Flag attacks to be blamed on Muslims. The Mossad motto is “By way of deception” and they truly live up to their name having carried out attacks on many innocent civilians which were then blamed on Muslim groups. Some examples include the Lavon affair which was a case proven in court which involved Israeli agents detonating bombs and leaving behind evidence implicating Arabs. We also have ex Mossad Agent Victor Ostrovsky who detailed how Mossad used a fake radio transmitter to relay messages implicating Libya in the German Disco bombing knowing that the US Navy would intercept the message and believe it to be real. This happened and led to the bombing raid on Tripoli in which over a hundred people died including Colonel Gaddafi’s daughter. It was this attack that many people believe led to his decision to bomb the PanAM flight over Lockerbie which killed 270 people. A more recent example would be the two Mossad agents caught with grenades, explosives and guns in the Mexican Congress on October 10th 2001 who were apparently planning on blowing it up and then blaming it on Usama Bin Laden.
And those are just a few choice examples which have been taken from a very long list.
The Iranian president is probably the only prominent world leader I know who is prepared to call Israel out for their actions and for that he is a marked man. He may not have many friends in the west and many of his neighbouring countries may be wary of Iranian power and influence and rightly so however we must remember that unlike the USA, Israel, Russia, the UK and China, Iran has not attacked another country for some considerable time but has instead been on the receiving end of Western aggression.
From the CIA led coup d’etat in 1953, to the proxy war fought with Iraq in the 80’s through to recent CIA influenced Jundallah terrorist attacks Iran has been the target of aggression and subversive plots.
Western media types may mock him when he speaks of Zionist conspiracies but can you blame him when there is such a concerted attack on him and his country. However despite continued western meddling in his country and Israeli led pushes for war he is still prepared to go into the belly of the beast and deliver a verbal assault on his foes. For that I commend him and I wish more leaders would stand up and be counted and tell it like it is.
Rule of thumb regarding Iran. If the main stream media report Ahmadinejad as having said something outrageous don’t believe a word of it.
You can read the full transcript of his speech here.