[Marxism] What Ahmadinejad said

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Tue Apr 21 10:54:04 MDT 2009


President Ahmadinejad's speech at the Durban Review Conference on racism
Mon, 20 Apr 2009 22:20:10 GMT

The following is the speech of the Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad 
at the Durban Review Conference on racism in Geneva on April 20.

Mr. Chairman, honorable secretary general of the United Nations, 
honorable United Nations high commissioner for human rights, Ladies and 

We have gathered in the follow-up to the Durban conference against 
racism and racial discrimination to work out practical mechanisms for 
our holy and humanitarian campaigns.

Over the last centuries, humanity has gone through great sufferings and 
pains. In the Medieval Ages, thinkers and scientists were sentenced to 
death. It was then followed by a period of slavery and slave trade. 
Innocent people were taken captive in their millions and separated from 
their families and loved ones to be taken to Europe and America under 
the worst conditions. A dark period that also experienced occupation, 
lootings and massacres of innocent people.

Many years passed by before nations rose up and fought for their liberty 
and freedom and they paid a high price for it. They lost millions of 
lives to expel the occupiers and establish independent and national 
governments. However, it did not take long before power grabbers imposed 
two wars in Europe which also plagued a part of Asia and Africa. Those 
horrific wars claimed about a hundred million lives and left behind 
massive devastation. Had lessons been learnt from the occupations, 
horrors and crimes of those wars, there would have been a ray of hope 
for the future.

The victorious powers called themselves the conquerors of the world 
while ignoring or down treading upon rights of other nations by the 
imposition of oppressive laws and international arrangements.

Ladies and gentlemen, let us take a look at the UN Security Council 
which is one of the legacies of World War I and World War II. What was 
the logic behind their granting themselves the veto right? How can such 
logic comply with humanitarian or spiritual values? Would it not be 
inconformity with the recognized principles of justice, equality before 
the law, love and human dignity? Would it not be discrimination, 
injustice, violations of human rights or humiliation of the majority of 
nations and countries?

The council is the highest decision-making world body for safeguarding 
international peace and security. How can we expect the realization of 
justice and peace when discrimination is legalized and the origin of the 
law is dominated by coercion and force rather than by justice and the 

Coercion and arrogance is the origin of oppression and wars. Although 
today many proponents of racism condemn racial discrimination in their 
words and their slogans, a number of powerful countries have been 
authorized to decide for other nations based on their own interests and 
at their own discretion and they can easily violate all laws and 
humanitarian values as they have done so.

Following World War II, they resorted to military aggression to make an 
entire nation homeless under the pretext of Jewish suffering and they 
sent migrants from Europe, the United States and other parts of the 
world in order to establish a totally racist government in occupied 
Palestine. And, in fact, in compensation for the dire consequences of 
racism in Europe, they helped bring to power the most cruel and 
repressive racist regime in Palestine.

The Security Council helped stabilize the occupying regime and supported 
it in the past 60 years giving them a free hand to commit all sorts of 
atrocities. It is all the more regrettable that a number of Western 
governments and the United States have committed themselves to defending 
those racist perpetrators of genocide while the awakened-conscience and 
free-minded people of the world condemn aggression, brutalities and the 
bombardment of civilians in Gaza. The supporters of Israel have always 
been either supportive or silent against the crimes.

Dear friends, distinguished delegates, ladies and gentlemen. What are 
the root causes of the US attacks against Iraq or the invasion of 

Was the motive behind the invasion of Iraq anything other than the 
arrogance of the then US administration and the mounting pressures on 
the part of the possessors of wealth and power to expand their sphere of 
influence seeking the interests of giant arms manufacturing companies 
affecting a noble culture with thousands of years of historical 
background, eliminating the potential and practical threats of Muslim 
countries against the Zionist regime or to control and plunder the 
energy resources of the Iraqi people?

Why, indeed, almost a million people were killed and injured and a few 
more millions were displaced? Why, indeed, the Iraqi people have 
suffered enormous losses amounting to hundreds of billions of dollars? 
And why was billions of dollars imposed on the American people as the 
result of these military actions? Was not the military action against 
Iraq planned by the Zionists and their allies in the then US 
administration in complicity with the arms manufacturing countries and 
the possessors of wealth? Did the invasion of Afghanistan restore peace, 
security and economic wellbeing in the country?

The United States and its allies not only have failed to contain the 
production of drugs in Afghanistan, but the cultivation of narcotics has 
multiplied in the course of their presence. The basic question is that 
what was the responsibility and the job of the then US administration 
and its allies?

Did they represent the countries of the world? Have they been mandated 
by them? Have they been authorized by the people of the world to 
interfere in all parts of the globe, of course mostly in our region? Are 
not these measures a clear example of egocentrism, racism, 
discrimination or infringement upon the dignity and independence of nations?

Ladies and gentlemen, who is responsible for the current global economic 
crisis? Where did the crisis start from? From Africa, Asia or from the 
United States in the first place then spreading across Europe and their 

For a long time, they imposed inequitable economic regulations by their 
political power on the international economy. They imposed a financial 
and monetary system without a proper international oversight mechanism 
on nations and governments that played no role in repressive trends or 
policies. They have not even allowed their people to oversea or monitor 
their financial policies. They introduced all laws and regulations in 
defiance of all moral values only to protect the interests of the 
possessors of wealth and power.

They further presented a definition for market economy and competition 
that denied many of the economic opportunities that could be available 
to other countries of the world. They even transferred their problems to 
others while the waves of crisis lashed back plaguing their economies 
with thousands of billions of dollars in budget deficit. And today, they 
are injecting hundreds of billions of dollars of cash from the pockets 
of their own people and other nations into the failing banks, companies 
and financial institutions making the situation more and more 
complicated for their economy and their people. They are simply thinking 
about maintaining power and wealth. They could not care any less about 
the people of the world and even their own people.

Mr. President, Ladies and gentlemen, Racism is rooted in the lack of 
knowledge concerning the root of human existence as the selected 
creature of God. It is also the product of his deviation from the true 
path of human life and the obligations of mankind in the world of 
creation, failing to consciously worship God, not being able to think 
about the philosophy of life or the path to perfection that are the main 
ingredients of divine and humanitarian values which have restricted the 
horizon of human outlook making transient and limited interests, the 
yardstick for his action. That is why evil's power took shape and 
expanded its realm of power while depriving others from enjoying 
equitable and just opportunities of development.

The result has been the making of an unbridled racism that is posing the 
most serious threats against international peace and has hindered the 
way for building peaceful coexistence in the entire world. Undoubtedly, 
racism is the symbol of ignorance which has deep roots in history and it 
is, indeed, the sign of frustration in the development of human society.

It is, therefore, crucially important to trace the manifestations of 
racism in situations or in societies where ignorance or lack of 
knowledge prevails. This increasing general awareness and understanding 
towards the philosophy of human existence is the principle struggle 
against such manifestations, and reveals the truth that human kind 
centers on the creation of the universe and the key to solving the 
problem of racism is a return to spiritual and moral values and finally 
the inclination to worship God Almighty.

The international community must initiate collective moves to raise 
awareness in afflicted societies where ignorance of racism still 
prevails so as to bring to a halt the spread of these malicious 

Dear Friends, today, the human community is facing a kind of racism 
which has tarnished the image of humanity in the beginning of the third 

World Zionism personifies racism that falsely resorts to religions and 
abuses religious sentiments to hide its hatred and ugly face. However, 
it is of great importance to bring into focus the political goals of 
some of the world powers and those who control huge economic resources 
and interests in the world. They mobilize all the resources including 
their economic and political influence and world media to render support 
in vain to the Zionist regime and to maliciously diminish the indignity 
and disgrace of this regime.

This is not simply a question of ignorance and one cannot conclude these 
ugly phenomena through consular campaigns. Efforts must be made to put 
an end to the abuse by Zionists and their political and international 
supporters and in respect with the will and aspirations of nations. 
Governments must be encouraged and supported in their fights aimed at 
eradicating this barbaric racism and to move towards reform in current 
international mechanisms.

There is no doubt that you are all aware of the conspiracies of some 
powers and Zionist circles against the goals and objectives of this 
conference. Unfortunately, there have been literatures and statements in 
support of Zionists and their crimes. And it is the responsibility of 
honorable representatives of nations to disclose these campaigns which 
run counter to humanitarian values and principles.

It should be recognized that boycotting such a session as an outstanding 
international capacity is a true indication of supporting the blatant 
example of racism. In defending human rights, it is primarily important 
to defend the rights of all nations to participate equally in all 
important international decision making processes without the influence 
of certain world powers.

And secondly, it is necessary to restructure the existing international 
organizations and their respective arrangements. Therefore this 
conference is a testing ground and the world public opinion today and 
tomorrow will judge our decisions and our actions.

Mr. President, Ladies and Gentlemen, the world is going through rapid 
fundamental changes. Power relations have become weak and fragile. The 
sound of cracks in the pillars of world systems can now be heard. Major 
political and economic structures are on the brink of collapse. 
Political and security crises are on the rise. The worsening crisis in 
the world economy for which there can be seen no bright prospect, 
demonstrates the rising tide of far-reaching global changes. I have 
repeatedly emphasized the need to change the wrong direction through 
which the world is being managed today and I have also warned of the 
dire consequences of any delay in this crucial responsibility.

Now in this valuable event, I would like to announce to all leaders, 
thinkers and to all nations of the world present in this meeting and 
those who have a hunger for peace and economic well-being that the 
unjust economic management of the world is now at the end of the road. 
This deadlock was inevitable since the logic of this imposed management 
was oppressive.

The logic of collective management of world affairs is based on noble 
aspirations which centers on human beings and the supremacy of the 
almighty God. Therefore it defies any policy or plan which goes against 
the influence of nations. The victory of right over wrong and the 
establishment of a just world system has been promised by the Almighty 
God and his messengers and it has been a shared goal of all human beings 
from different societies and generations in the course of history. 
Realization of such a future depends on the knowledge of creation and 
the belief of the faithful.

The making of a global society is in fact the accomplishment of a noble 
goal held in the establishment of a common global system that will be 
run with the participation of all nations of the world in all major 
decision making processes and the definite root to this sublime goal.

Scientific and technical capacities as well as communication technology 
have created a common and widespread understanding of the world society 
and has provided the necessary ground for a common system. Now it is 
upon all intellectuals, thinkers and policy makers in the world to carry 
out their historical responsibility with a firm belief in this definite 

I also want to lay emphasis on the fact that Western liberalism and 
capitalism has reached its end since it has failed to perceive the truth 
of the world and humans as they are.

It has imposed its own goals and directions on human beings. There is no 
regard for human and divine values, justice, freedom, love and 
brotherhood and it has based living on intense competition, securing 
individual and cooperative material interest.

Now we must learn from the past by initiating collective efforts in 
dealing with present challenges and in this connection, and as a closing 
remark, I wish to draw your kind attention to two important issues:

Firstly, it is absolutely possible to improve the existing situation in 
the world. However it must be noted that this could be only achieved 
through the cooperation of all countries in order to get the best out of 
the existing capacities and resources in the world. My participation in 
this conference is because of my conviction to these important issues as 
well as to our common responsibility of defending the rights of nations 
vis-à-vis the sinister phenomena of racism and being with you, the 
thinkers of the world.

Secondly, mindful of the inefficiency of the current international 
political, economic and security systems, it is necessary to focus on 
divine and humanitarian values by referring to the true definition of 
human beings based upon justice and respect for the rights of all people 
in all parts of the world and by acknowledging the past wrong doings in 
the past dominant management of the world, and to undertake collective 
measures to reform the existing structures.

In this respect, it is crucially important to rapidly reform the 
structure of the Security Council, including the elimination of the 
discriminatory veto right and to change the current world financial and 
monetary systems.

It is evident that lack of understanding of the urgency for change is 
equivalent to the much heavier costs of delay.

Dear Friends, beware that to move in the direction of justice and human 
dignity is like a rapid flow in the current of a river. Let us not 
forget the essence of love and affection. The promised future of human 
beings is a great asset that may serve our purposes in keeping together 
to build a new world.

In order to make the world a better place full of love and blessings, a 
world devoid of poverty and hatred, merging the increasing blessings of 
God Almighty and the righteous managing of the perfect human being, let 
us all join hands in friendship in the fulfillment of such a new world.

I thank you Mr. President, Secretary General and all distinguished 
participants for having the patience to listen to me. Thank you very much.


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