The President’s New Fable
Iranian president Mahmud Ahmadinejad, who normally makes fantastic pronouncements in the absence of the media and journalists, once again narrated a story from his recent trip to Turkey during a speech that he delivered at a scientific seminar held in Iran.
Raja News website quoted some of the excerpts of Ahmadinejad’s talk at the gathering. “Great pressures was exerted on the Turkish government for us not to go there, while some inside Iran too questioned the necessity of this trip, citing loss of dignity and respect for Iran if it participated. Probably the dignity of the Turkish government rests in being a follower of the United States,” the website quoted the president.
Ahmadinejad said that while he was in Turkey, he attacked the United States and the Zionists in the strongest possible terms in his interview, adding, “Even some of our friends questioned why we used such aggressive language. I responded that people’s fears had to be broken and that we must inject the aggressive spirit into people. We did not just make accusations against our enemies, but took measured thoughtful steps regarding them..”
Ahmadinejad claimed that during his trip as soon as he stepped out of his automobile at some point, people began shouting Death to America, Death to Zionism.
Regarding Turkey’s relations with Israel, Ahmadinejad said, “after a press interview with the Turkish president, I went to the Friday congregational prayers and sat among the people. A young Turk who was crying said to me, ‘you can look at God because you are not ashamed, while we are ashamed because of our relations with the Zionists’. Our national radio and television station could not broadcast the realities that exist there. We broadcast 2-minute reports here while the Zionists broadcast 30 minute programs.”
Friends of the Iranian Revolution in the United States
Ahmadinejad’s talk at the scientific seminar was not limited to his trip to Turkey. According to Fard website, Ahmadinejad made references to his last trip to Iraq and despite the denials by the US military in Iraq, again claimed that, “While in Iraq the commander of the airbase who is among the occupiers, came to visit me, as had been arranged, and said that he was honored to meet me. ‘You and your nation have a place in our hearts and we love the Iranians,’ he said.” The Americans had announced that the driver of one of the base commanders had come face to face with Ahmadinejad at the airport and had said hello to him.
On the even of his next trip to New York, Ahmadinejad once again made a reference to his talk at Columbia University last year and said, “The American people have send plenty of messages and apologies since my last trip to the United States and the events at Columbia University in New York. During the trip, students from a high school wrote a letter and said that they approved or our words and that ‘they’ (meaning Americans) lied to them. Even though a heavy oppressive atmosphere rules over the US, but this has been broken and a path has been opened and the message of the [Iranian] revolution has entered the country in such a manner that even the elections rhetoric and slogans have been impacted.”