Russian President Dimitri Medvedev_311.
(photo credit: Reuters)
ASTANA, Kazakhstan — Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad launched a brutal
verbal attack on the West at a summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization
(SCO) on Wednesday, mentioning Zionism as one of history’s worst ills.
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said that 60 plus years of Zionism has brought only humiliation and destruction
to the Palestinians and the region.
But Israel got off easy in
Ahmadinejad’s tirade, as the Iranian leader viciously attacked the US and the
West for a long litany of horrors that included slavery, colonization, the
pillaging of Africa, World Wars I and II and numerous wars since then, nuclear
warfare, and creating the atmosphere leading to 9/11 which he said was the
pretext for wars in Afghanistan and Iraq that he claimed has taken more than a
Speaking to the heads of state that make up the SCO
regional security organization – China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan,
Uzbekistan and Tajikistan, as well as to representatives of Pakistan, India and
Mongolia, who, like Iran, are observers – Ahmadinejad asked rhetorically whether
any of the countries represented in the hall “played a role in the black era of
slavery or destruction of hundreds of millions of human beings.
of these countries pillaged and looted cultural wealth through colonial
methods?” he asked. Have any of these countries “used an atomic bomb against
defenseless citizens of another country.”
And then, in his list of ills,
he asked whether any of the countries were responsible for Zionism that has
wrought 60 plus years of “destruction and humiliation on the Palestinians and
the people of the Middle East.
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“There are dozens of questions like these,
and they have clear answers,” Ahmadinejad said. “I proudly announce that none of
our nations and governments were responsible for the ugly historic evidence I
We have been in favor of peace and welfare.
can one trust fake defenders while they are pursuing old colonial goals, but
with new mottos and use one-sided systems to rule the world,” he said in
reference to the US and the West.
The other leaders at the conference,
including Chinese President Hu Jintao and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, sat
impassively during his comments.
Each leader at the conference, marking
the 10 years since the founding of the regional security organization that
presents itself as a counterbalance to NATO, spoke briefly and – with
Ahmadinejad’s short exception – steered wide of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict
or the current upheaval in the Middle East. The leaders also made no mention of
Iran’s nuclear threat.
The issue was, however, reportedly raised in
bilateral meetings with his counterparts on the sidelines of the
China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan
are full members of the organization, which promotes economic, military and
security cooperation. Iran, Pakistan, India, and Mongolia enjoy observer
Because of UN sanctions against it, Iran is presently barred from
joining as a full member.
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