Walkouts and fury: A look at Ahmadinejad's U.N. speeches
Delegations of several nations left during Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's U.N. speech Thursday.
September 22nd, 2011
10:27 PM ET

Walkouts and fury: A look at Ahmadinejad's U.N. speeches

Whether he is predicting the demise of the U.S. "empire," questioning U.S. accounts of the 9/11 attacks or accusing Europe of using the Holocaust as an excuse for supporting Israel, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad knows how to push the West's buttons at the U.N. General Assembly.

For the third straight year, U.S. diplomats on Thursday joined envoys from several other nations in walking out during the Iranian president's address at the annual United Nations gathering in New York. That doesn't even count instances before that, when American diplomats conspicuously skipped his speech altogether.

This year, Ahmadinejad said European countries "still use the Holocaust after six decades as the excuse to pay (a) fine or ransom to the Zionists," and that the United States killed al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden instead of investigating "hidden elements involved in September 11."

Susan Rice, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, wasn't impressed.

"We find what Ahmadinejad does and says when he comes to the United Nations absolutely odious, hateful, anti-Semitic, unacceptable, which is why the United States for three consecutive years - including today - have led a walkout of his speech," Rice told CNN's Wolf Blitzer on Thursday. "Inevitably he says something outrageous, dishonest and offensive, and that leads to a walkout."

Here is a look back at Ahmadinejad's other U.N. speeches, and reactions to them:

2010

Representatives from the United States, Britain, Spain and other nations walked out while Ahmadinejad asserted that the U.S. government either participated in the 9/11 attacks or let them happen as an excuse to wage war in Iraq and Afghanistan.

He said most Americans and "most nations around the world" believe that "some segments within the U.S. government orchestrated the attack," adding that these people believe the attacks were aimed at reversing "the declining American economy and its scripts on the Middle East in order to save the Zionist regime."

He also said capitalism and the current world order had reached their demise after 100 years of domination, saying that they were "unable to provide appropriate solutions to the problems that society faces."

2009

In September 2009, Ahmadinejad was critical of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, where he said "thousands of innocent people have been killed, injured or displaced, infrastructures have been destroyed and regional security has been seriously jeopardized."

He ripped capitalism, saying it brought about the conditions leading to the world's economic crisis. He also called for a "return to monotheism and justice," calling it "the greatest hope and opportunity in all ages and generations."

He blasted Israel, accusing it of "crimes ... against defenseless women and children and destruction of their homes, farms, hospitals and schools."

The next day, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu criticized the Iranian leader at the General Assembly. The delegations that stayed for Ahmadinejad's address gave "legitimacy to a man who denies the murder of 6 million Jews," Netanyahu said, referring to the Holocaust.

Ahmadinejad at the General Assembly in 2008

2008

Ahmadinejad told the General Assembly in 2008 that the "American empire" was nearing its end, and that Israel "is on a definite slope to collapse."

While he stopped short of calling for Israel to be politically wiped off the map as he had previously, he called for "a free referendum in Palestine for determining and establishing the type of state in the entire Palestinian lands."

The U.N. Security Council, he said, "cannot do anything, and sometimes under pressure from a few bullying powers, even paves the way for supporting these Zionist murders."

He blamed a few world powers for the world's problems, and defended his country's nuclear activities as peaceful. The U.S. and other Western nations had long suspected that Iran had been pursuing nuclear weapons, but Iran said it seeks only a civilian nuclear energy program.

He accused the United States of oppressing Iraqis with six years of occupation, saying Americans were "still seeking to solidify their position in the political geography of the region and to dominate oil resources."

The only person at the United States' table was a note-taker; no U.S. diplomat was present.

U.S. seats were empty during the 2007 speech.

2007

In a 2007 speech that blasted "selfish and incompetent" governments that have "obedience to Satan," Ahmadinejad said the U.N. Security Council "ranks first" among ineffective international bodies because it is influenced by "monopolistic powers."

Ahmadinejad invited "all independent, justice-seeking and peace-loving nations" to join Iran in a "coalition for peace." He also criticized unnamed "powers" that he said were responsible for insecurity, division and moral decline across the world.

"Is it not high time for these powers to return from the path of arrogance and obedience to Satan to the path of faith in God?" he said.

He criticized the United States without naming it, offering blunt assessments of the Iraq war and Washington's war on terrorism.

"Setting up secret prisons, abducting (people), trials and secret punishments without any regard to due process, extensive tappings of telephone conversations, intercepting private mail and frequent summons to police and security centers have become commonplace and prevalent."

The American delegation's chairs were unoccupied, except for one woman taking notes.

Earlier, he had asked to lay a wreath at the site of the destroyed World Trade Center towers, but New York City officials denied the request, citing safety concerns at what was then a construction site.

Ahmadinejad speaks in 2006.

2006

Ahmadinejad said in 2006 that the United States' permanent inclusion on the U.N. Security Council undermines its effectiveness and credibility.

He also criticized "unwarranted support" for Israel during conflicts in the Palestinian territories and Lebanon.

On Iraq, Ahmadinejad said the United States, whom he called "the occupiers," is "incapable of establishing security," and scores were dying daily as a result.

"Where can the people of Iraq seek refuge, and from whom can the people of Iraq seek justice?" he asked. How can the Security Council act "when the occupiers themselves are permanent members of the council?"

The Iranian president speaks to the General Assembly in September 2005.

2005

Ahmadinejad in 2005 told the General Assembly that Iran had a right to operate a nuclear energy program. He said it was unfair that some nations were allowed to make nuclear fuel while others are condemned for it.

"Today, the most serious challenges is that the culprits are assuming the role of prosecutor," he said, accusing the United States of "bullying the others while through huge media resources portraying themselves as defenders of freedom."

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  1. Mr. Davidson

    Mans a dunce everybody already knows all that stuff ,its yesterdays news.

    September 22, 2011 at 11:10 pm | Report abuse |
  2. almust

    only historians in 2050 will be able to find the truth

    September 22, 2011 at 11:11 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Wu Dayi

    This guy is hilarious. He should remake some Cheech & Chong movies, playing both of their parts.

    September 22, 2011 at 11:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • HomeyDontPlayDat

      He has the eyes to play the world's biggest stoner, that's for sure.

      September 22, 2011 at 11:27 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Happytroll

    I dunno, some of the stuff he says makes a little sense. In 100 years, who knows, maybe people will be looking back on him as a hero.

    September 22, 2011 at 11:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wu Dayi

      Oh, my, you poor dude.

      September 22, 2011 at 11:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • CK

      Yes it does make sense. Doesn't it.

      September 22, 2011 at 11:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Omen

      LoooooL! Stop taking crack.seriously.

      September 22, 2011 at 11:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Frank

      Your kidding right?

      September 22, 2011 at 11:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • HomeyDontPlayDat

      One out of Five respondents (i.e. me) knows what a troll is.

      September 22, 2011 at 11:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • right

      You're mentally handicapped. CNN, please let me -1 people's retarded comments. Thanks.

      September 22, 2011 at 11:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • meh

      Hero is far fetched! But who knows how much stuff we have been lied about.

      September 23, 2011 at 12:05 am | Report abuse |
    • hawaiiduude

      I agree we have backed the wrong horse it would seem.

      September 23, 2011 at 1:43 am | Report abuse |
  5. Terry Brookman

    If he was a Billy Gram saying the same thing the Republicans would be calling him misguided at the most and the Democrats would just ignore him. Anyone who does not think big government is corrupt and paid for by Wall Street has their head where the sun doesn't shine. I don't agree with the Israel part but they did make a choice two thousand years ago, Barabbas was historically speaking from the Roman point of view a terrorist and they are still living with that choice today. Bad move.

    September 22, 2011 at 11:12 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Chris

    Government is the opposite of freedom. Religion is the opposite of peace.

    September 22, 2011 at 11:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • David Cuellar

      let me guess, you think white is not a color
      fe fi fo fum what grade did you drop out from

      September 22, 2011 at 11:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Robin Bray

      True. Humans are too weak willed to think for themselves and are afraid to be seen as different.

      September 23, 2011 at 12:46 am | Report abuse |
    • pauline

      Sadly, you are wrong. Freedom is Discipline. Something the masses, if left to their own devices, can't get hold of. A government elected by the people is in a sense a way of putting discipline in place...and thus...a way to attain some freedom for all. As for religion: It isn't that religion is the opposite of peace. The world's greatest peacemakers have ALL found deep inspiration, courage, strength, and support from their respective religions. At the same time, some people use religion to wage war and to excuse their harmful/hurtful behavior. It's not the religion itself, it's always the weakness of some men and women that oppose peace.

      September 23, 2011 at 2:07 am | Report abuse |
    • Semper Fidelis

      PAULINE – What a superb post. well said. You are one of a handful of posters on here who has integrity.

      September 23, 2011 at 2:37 am | Report abuse |
    • NonZionist

      Excellent answer, Pauline!

      Let's not leave out ideology - the SECULAR form of religion. Ideology has given us communism, fascism, and political Zionism, among other things. The god of the ideologue is material: the ideologue has no transcendent basis for revering human life. Human beings become expendable in his religion. THAT is the religion hat is MOST likely to start wars.

      September 23, 2011 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
  7. David Cuellar

    USA USA, is the greatest and best country that has ever existed. God bless America

    September 22, 2011 at 11:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Frank

      Amen dude

      September 22, 2011 at 11:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • StEvo89

      We are the greatest nation ever. God bless America!!!!

      September 22, 2011 at 11:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Robin Bray

      Yeah. We like to declare wars to satisfy a war dogger's ego and kill countless innocent people. Such a nice place. And God, very funny.

      September 23, 2011 at 12:47 am | Report abuse |
    • hawaiiduude

      keep saying it so you don't stop believing in the fairy tail.

      September 23, 2011 at 1:45 am | Report abuse |
    • pauline

      Seriously??? The greatest....ever? I just don't live in the same US of A that you do, apparently.

      September 23, 2011 at 2:10 am | Report abuse |
    • Semper Fidelis

      Get outta here! You're kidding, right?

      You can still say that with a straight face, when the evidence all around you says otherwise in 2 foot high, neon light lettering?????

      September 23, 2011 at 2:42 am | Report abuse |
  8. CK

    Kudos to you.

    September 22, 2011 at 11:15 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Omen

    He has crap for brain cells

    September 22, 2011 at 11:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • CK

      Why? For having the guts to speak his mind.

      September 22, 2011 at 11:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • jim

      @CK Yes it takes guts to speak his mind - the only problem is his mind is full of c4ap.

      September 22, 2011 at 11:25 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Frank

    You know that little man reminds of a Hitler in the making. All he seems to do is hate. He doesn't have the guts to go to Poland and have a look at what happened when Hitler did his thing. If wonders why the world hasn't forgotten he so clueless it funny. The treatment of anyone that stands up to him and the rest of the Iranian government and religious leadership speaks for it's self. In fact I think it's the reason they hate us and don't understand us. The United States stands for freedom. They don't understand how we are the only country in the world that fought a Civil War and put ourselves back together. They don't understand from all we have been through as a country we are still here. Still the light of freedom shines.
    So Ahmadinejad keep saying your nuts O wacko remarks we will be here after you and your government of history.

    September 22, 2011 at 11:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • HomeyDontPlayDat

      HATERS GONNA HATE!

      September 22, 2011 at 11:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Leezasky

      Spain and England, are just two other countries that fought civil wars and came back together. There are many others.

      Ahmedinejad has been president of Iran for years now. During that time, Iran has not attacked any other country. He is a right wing politician with a religious slant. So is every Republican candidate for the presidency.

      The US stands for freedom sometimes, but just as often it sides with vicious dictators like Saddam, Mubarak, and even Gaddafi. The US is too addicted to war, as the people of Iraq and Afghanistan know very well, to their terrible loss. Those countries have suffered the equivalent of dozens of 9/11s due to American bombs and invasions. But most Americans have no pity for those men, women and children. They only pity - you guessed it - themselves.

      Maybe Americans should stop congratulating themselves on what wonderful folks they are, and join the other 95% of the human species in trying to deal with real problems, instead of wallowing in self admiration and self pity.

      September 22, 2011 at 11:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • meh

      @ Leezasky: Nicely put. But are they really congratulating themselves on being peaceful? Hiroshima and Nagasaki!

      September 23, 2011 at 12:19 am | Report abuse |
    • pauline

      Compared to many (most?) nations of the world the USA is a very young country. Can we sustain the ideals that our nation was founded on? Daily we here from citizens complaining about having to "shell out" money to help other people. Daily we throw away more food and more waste than is even decent. The second that higher prices impact our greed and consumption, we freak out collectively. We've become a nation of whiney, self-centered, spoiled, fat, lazy, narcissists. Have any doubts? Go look in the mirror.

      September 23, 2011 at 2:17 am | Report abuse |
    • Semper Fidelis

      There is great hope for America with people like Leezasky, Meh and Pauline [again! Good girl ]. There has to be honesty and acceptance of the fact that our countries are far from perfect. I'm English; I love England, but there are huge problems there too.
      What staggers me is the viciousness of some posters who are blinded by self admiration; judgementa,l but having no knowledge of the situation or grasp of relevant facts ; and have no regard for their fellow men. It is so sad.

      September 23, 2011 at 2:53 am | Report abuse |
    • NonZionist

      Could not say it better, Semper Fidelis. Thanks too, Pauline, Leezasky and meh.

      Hatred this extreme is made not born: These people are victims of a supremacist ideology, and they support their fairy-tale belief in their own supremacy by denigrating others. As their fairy-tale collapses all around them, their denigration of others becomes more desperate.

      September 23, 2011 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
  11. David Cuellar

    you sound like an angry person...we do not give Jewish people anything, they virtually control every major business here in the states. They helped shape america to become the greatest country ever. Nothing compares to the Holocaust in terms of deaths caused by innocent people my angry friend. God bless

    September 22, 2011 at 11:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Terry Brookman

      Get your facts right, out of about ten million only six million were Jews, Hitler started with the retarded, the insane, and those in prison while the Jews there were bailing out while taking large life insurance policy's on their relatives who stayed or did you miss that fight a few years ago when they wanted the death records in Switzerland and the big insurance company's there did not want to turn them over. No anger just facts on my part, I would guess facts make you angry.

      September 22, 2011 at 11:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Darwin

      Don't forget all the Germans who were killed because they were related to Jews, or had close friends who were Jews, or just didn't look quite Arian enough. I don’t know the exact number or percentage, but it did happen. That’s the reason my German ancestors came to the United States in the first place.

      As for this story, I heavily agree with anyone who says the US keeps a lot from (and even flat out lies to) its people. The US loves to demonize everyone else, but they’ll never own up to their mistakes. I love this country, but I also sympathize with those who don’t. Most Americans are just plain ignorant and disrespectful towards other cultures and their beliefs. I mean walking out on someone’s speech, (or not showing up at all) how disrespectful it that?

      September 23, 2011 at 12:50 am | Report abuse |
    • mm

      No...nothing compares to the African slave trade! Have you forgotten or did you not learn this in school like so many other Americans.

      September 22, 2011 at 11:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • edward

      Slavery thrumps holocust in every ascept you can think of, number of deaths, duration, brutality, you name it. Where is the hues and cry compare to holocust.

      September 22, 2011 at 11:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • NateDogg

      slavery exists for economic advantages where as genocide is the greatest exampled of human hatred.

      September 23, 2011 at 12:12 am | Report abuse |
    • NateDogg

      slavery exists for economic advantages where as genocide is the greatest example of human hatred.

      September 23, 2011 at 12:13 am | Report abuse |
    • Eric Smith

      What a horrible thing to say! This country was founded by europeans who shaped it in a manner that would prevent the tyranny and oppression they experienced under the King of England. America is now shaped by all of its inhabitants and I think you are completely misguided when you say that one group of Americans had everything to do with our success.

      September 23, 2011 at 12:01 am | Report abuse |
    • Christella

      The Holocaust did happen. Mr.A can't seem to keep fiction and fact straight. He is exuberant, ranting or no. I will say that he forgot to see the PBS show about the history of the slave trade. He also forgot about how some Arabs also participated and still to participate in their own slavery trade. He forgets a lot, remembers a lot – fact and fiction – but only seems to tell his half-truth version of human history. I'm personally tired of the political rhetoric everywhere. I have no real expectation of delivery of promises from leaders like this, among so many these days, in so many countries, in so many offices. I guess I wonder when the complexities of life will one day allow all of us any peace. ....Listening one minute into this man's speech made me roll my eyes, despite the fact he may care about some things or not. And sometimes the self-righteousness I see nauseates me. I won't be eating again, thanks.

      September 23, 2011 at 1:16 am | Report abuse |
    • hawaiiduude

      I hope youre including christians, muslims athiests catholics as well in the holocaust. Only about 2-3 hundred thousand were jews.

      September 23, 2011 at 1:42 am | Report abuse |
    • Mimi

      Surprise... no they don't. That is a Jewish stereotype. Jews were not the only ones who "built" America, and they certainly do not control almost every major business in the US. They control a lot of certain industries (Hollywood, media) etc. but the Jewish Control issue was what Hitler feared. Let's not legitimize the fears of Hitler. And if they DO control AMerica, as you suggest, would you not be admitting America is a racist (against non-jews), non-democratic society, who fails to represent the majority?

      September 23, 2011 at 6:39 am | Report abuse |
    • NonZionist

      You are USING the genocide in Europe to stigmatize or single out a particular religion or ethnic group. This is one reason why I regard Zionism as evil. Singling people out on the basis of ethnicity is what Hitler did.

      Your bogus comparison is not even valid. In the Soviet Union, 20 million were killed by the Nazis, and millions were also killed by the Bolsheviks, many of them Jewish. But you don't want us to know about THIS holocaust - or about the holocaust Israel has perpetrated in Palestine.

      Zionism is a cult of ethnic supremacy and war. The "Holocaust" is the cornerstone of this faith. You need to believe that your tribe is forever Superior, so you cast yourselves as the Ultimate Victims. This has the effect of cutting you off from the rest of the human race. That is a recipe for future genocides, genocides that you will probably welcome because they will make you seem like even bigger Victims.

      September 23, 2011 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • NonZionist

      Ahmadinejad does not criticize Jews: He criticizes Zionists, i.e., Jewish FASCISTS.

      If we condemn Mussolini, does that mean we hate all Italians? Jews are themselves victims of Zionism, in the same way that peaceable Italians were victims of the fascists there.

      Tens of thousands of NON-Zionist Jews live in Iran. They are guaranteed representation in parliament. Islam grows out of Judaism and Muslims regard Jews as fellow people of the book. They have lived WITH Jews in the Middle East for over a thousand years. The intractable strife is due to Zionism, a fascist ideology imported from Europe.

      September 23, 2011 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • aizen

      WRONG!! the congo wars has claimed more than 6 million people, innocent women, kids, old, men etc...please dont say things like that!

      September 23, 2011 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • zlholmz

      guess you never heard of the tens of millions of native americans systematically exterminated here, right where you respire now

      September 24, 2011 at 4:11 am | Report abuse |
    • MacPoulet

      The Russian people lost roughly 20 Million souls during WWII, you might want to educate yourself David.

      October 4, 2011 at 9:53 am | Report abuse |
  12. JOHANO

    Oh please! If it wasn't for the U.S. there wouldn't be a MODERN world that it is today. Electricity, plane, automobile, computers, internet...the list goes on and on. I have to hear about ANY backwatered country or people even saying thank you for the advancements in technology. The wisdom freely given to the rest of the world. The people of the United States are a very giving and compassionate people. Think the rising Chinese are going to give a dollar to any cause of human compassion, or the Iranians??? I'm no friend of Israel, but they've not had it easy. They've fought a war against incredible odds being such a small amount of people and beat those sand apes back gaining land, and respect. Denial isn't just a river in egypt. Isn't also in your heart showing an uneducated and unenlightened being such as yourself. If you're such a lover of their barbaric culture move!

    September 22, 2011 at 11:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • laila

      that is funny..last time I read and heard US is only consumer in the wold not a producer...most of the things America uses made somewhere else.

      September 22, 2011 at 11:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • George

      Oh yeah, well wait until you third world dirtbags get hungry and we hold back the wheat and corn.

      September 23, 2011 at 12:45 am | Report abuse |
    • justageek

      That's funny...last I heard the US exported $180 Billion worth of goods in July of 2011 so we're not just consumers at all.

      September 23, 2011 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Marco

      Iaila, you should get your facts straight before you post.
      The US remains the largest manufacturer in the world.

      http://shopfloor.org/2011/03/u-s-manufacturing-remains-worlds-largest/18756

      September 23, 2011 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • JM

      The automobile (Nicolas-Joseph Cugnot) and combustion engine (Nicéphore Niepce) was invented in France. As for the modern automobile, it was invented in Germany (Ferdinand Benz). As for the computer, it can be credited to an Englishman (Alan Turing) as well as an American indeed (John von Neumann). Get your facts straight. The Internet was clearly invented in the USA though, through the ARPANet program funded by taxpayers money (and thus would not exist if it were for Libertarians).

      September 22, 2011 at 11:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Big Bob

      I think he meant to imply the "Western World". Nonetheless, none of those items were massproduced like they were in the US.

      September 23, 2011 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
    • xCapafischR_TCFew

      Why do poeple like you use google to point out things that may be wrong? Is that all you have?
      As far as Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's is concerned, U.S. is far from being dust in the wind.
      The U.S. isn't going anywhere, anytime soon. This guy flaps his jaw and brings nothing to the table. We need to get out of the middle east, and clean up the Mexican Cartel/America's gang problem, legalize some things, and go from there.

      September 23, 2011 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
    • Think

      Turing only came up with the thought experiment that lead to the computer. He never had the technology required to build one.

      September 23, 2011 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Semper Fidelis

      Well said.
      The only thing I'd like to add is that if Israel hadn't kept the arab world in check for decades, America wouldn't have had unlimited oil to develop into the mighty nation that she is.
      If Israel nnede financial aid fro Us to do that it was money well spent, wasn't it?

      I'm being sincere here, not smart

      September 23, 2011 at 12:03 am | Report abuse |
    • Keksi

      I thought most of oil comes from Canada and Mexico?

      September 23, 2011 at 12:08 am | Report abuse |
    • AIPACisEvil

      And by 'in check' you mean murder with billions in state of the art U.S. weapons?

      September 23, 2011 at 1:10 am | Report abuse |
    • coolblackguy

      Shut up you sheeple jerk America WAS what you said but our governments hands are BLOODY

      September 23, 2011 at 12:36 am | Report abuse |
    • charles

      Cool blackturd. Try using a complete sentence before posting your broken English.

      September 23, 2011 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Robin Bray

      We did not invent electricity, automobiles and may other things. Please learn some history before writing such statements that make you look so poorly educated.

      September 23, 2011 at 12:44 am | Report abuse |
    • Sunflower

      You're kidding, right??

      September 23, 2011 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ashique

      OOOKayyy......wait a minute. Fought back sand apes? As in "Really fought hard losing so many of their numbers in the process and finally getting back what was theirs because..........GOD gave it to them............right? Ever seen a TANK roll over an innocent Arab trying to get away? I am sure you didnt. CNN DOES NOT SHOW STUFF LIKE THAT........ITS TOO INAPPROPRIATE!

      September 23, 2011 at 1:16 am | Report abuse |
    • pauline

      Ok, I think you mean if it wasn't for Scotland, France, Scandinavia...basically most of Europe there would not be a US of A.

      September 23, 2011 at 1:57 am | Report abuse |
    • Rick1966

      Perhaps you should read some history books other then those just made in america lol

      September 23, 2011 at 2:32 am | Report abuse |
    • Semper Fidelis

      I beg to differ just a little.
      If it hadn't been for Israel keeping the arabs in check for decades, you wouldn't have had unlimited supplies of oil from the Middle East. Then you wouldn't have had the capacity for production that you enjoyed.

      If Israel needed aid for that – it was money well spent. THAT is why America support Israel.

      September 23, 2011 at 2:33 am | Report abuse |
    • Winky

      You have a point. As a sole superpower, the US is the least of the evils. Imagine a situation with any other country, with the possible exception of, say, Canada or some Scandinavian country. One shudders to think...

      September 23, 2011 at 5:06 am | Report abuse |
    • bimbopopoola

      JOHANO, you read and spoke my mind. There would be no life without the West(Jews).

      September 23, 2011 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
    • Sun Stevens

      And the moment you refer to them as "sand apes," any credibility your comments may have had...goes out the window.

      September 23, 2011 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
    • world facing

      You have no idea about history or economic development. The automobile was actually invented by Karl Benz of Germany. Before him, a French guy actually invented an electric car. As for helping other countries, China actually gets a lot of access to African resources, because their companies contribute more to the betterment of the locals than American companies. As for US aid, it is given with many strings attached, including that any infrastructure work be done by American companies. It is not aid, it is a corporate subsidy.

      September 23, 2011 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • jason

      American spirit and inventiveness has giving the world a better standard of living, however the best thing America has giving the rest of the world is the celebration and the culture of the individual. This is what many countries/governments hate about us, and most of it is not hate but, envy. Some governments would see this notion as selfess, the community is the most important. Well in America, an individual can get justice when wronged in reality and not just on paoer.

      September 23, 2011 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Keiwan

      Great article but it didn't have eevtryhnig—I didn't find the kitchen sink!

      October 19, 2011 at 10:32 pm | Report abuse |
  13. jay

    He is one big peanut LOL .... but he is hilarious LOL

    September 22, 2011 at 11:19 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Leezasky

    Ahmedinejad's opinions are ignorant, illogical, nonsensical, and hateful. Listening to him is like listening to the Tea Party debate a few weeks ago. Between Ponzi schemes, calls for death to people who don't buy health insurance (or demanding that they beg a priest for alms to pay the hospital), wild nonsense about the HPV vaccine, and demands for an end to the Federal Reserve Bank, the participants certainly rivalled Ahmedinejad's outburst.

    September 22, 2011 at 11:21 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Jiovanni

    He sounds crazy but he is absolutely right.
    What's up with the Jews, is that a race or a religion? I still don't get them living and holding on their past, grow up, live in peace and welcome to the 21st century, devine power is not working, please clinch to something else more real.

    September 22, 2011 at 11:21 pm | Report abuse |
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