Western Delegates Walk Out on Ahmadinejad Again
It’s hardly even news any more that Iranian leader Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is a crazed Holocaust-denying lunatic, and today he provoked the now-traditional walk-out by Western delegates at his speech to the UN General Assembly.
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has provoked his share of walk outs at the U.N. In 2009, European delegates stormed out of a U.N. conference on racism when Ahmadinejad called Israel the “most cruel and racist regime.” The next year, at the U.N. General Assembly in New York, the U.S. delegation and other diplomats headed for the exits when the Iranian leader suggested the U.S. was behind the 9/11 attacks. Well, he’s done it again, using much of the same inflammatory language that he’s used before. Several outlets are reporting that the U.S. and several European delegations have walked out of Ahmadinejad’s U.N. General Assembly address this morning.
According to The Guardian, which is live-blogging Ahmadinejad’s speech, asked how the “flower of democracy” could blossom from from “NATO’s missiles, guns or bombs.” He also reportedly declared that “arrogant powers” threaten sanctions and military action against anyone who questions the Holocaust or 9/11 (which he called “mysterious”) and lashed out at the U.S. for waging wars, sparking the financial crisis, and killing Osama bin Laden “to hide the truth about 9/11” (he thinks bin Laden should have been put on trial).