Transcript: Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejab’s speech at the U.N. General Assembly
Transcribed and edited by Jenny Jiang based on English translation provided by C-SPAN.
Transcript of remarks by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad at the United Nations General Assembly on Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2012:
Mr. President, Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen, I thank the almighty God for having once more the chance to participate in this meeting.
We have gathered here to ponder and work together for building a better life for the entire human community and for our nations.
Coming from Iran, the land of glory and beauty, the land of knowledge, culture, wisdom, and morality, the cradle of philosophy and mysticism, the land of compassion and light, the land of scientists, scholars, philosophers, masters of literature and writers…I represent a great and proud nation that is the founder of human civilization and inheritor of respected universal values. I represent a conscious nation which is dedicated to the cause of freedom, peace and compassion – a nation that has experienced the agony and bitter times of the aggressions and imposed wars and profoundly values the blessings of peace and stability.
I am now here for the 8th time in the 8th year of my service to my noble people in this august assembly of sisters and brothers from across the world to show to the world that my noble nation [incomprehensible audio] has a global vision and welcomes any effort intended to provide and promote peace, stability, and tranquility which can only be realized through harmony, cooperation, and joint management of the world.
I am here to voice the divine and humanitarian message of learned men and women of my country to you and to the whole world. A message that Iran’s great orator and poet Saadi presented to humanity in his eternal two line poetry: “Human beings are members of a whole in creation of one essence and soul. If one member is afflicted with pain, other members’ uneasy be remain.”
I have talked in the past 7 years about the current challenges, solutions, and prospects of the future world. And today, I want to raise and discuss such issues from a different perspective.
Thousands of years have passed since children of Adam – peace be upon him – has started to settle down in various parts of Earth. People of different colors, inclinations, languages, customs and traditions pursue persistently to fulfill their aspirations, to build a noble society for a more beautiful life blessed with lasting peace, security, and happiness.
Despite all efforts made by righteous people and justice people and the suffering and pains endured by masses of people in the quest to achieve happiness and victory, the history of mankind – except in rare cases – is marked these unfilled dreams and failures.
Imagine for a moment had there been no egoism, distrust and malicious behaviors and dictatorships, no one violating the rights of others.
Had humanitarian values been viewed as the criterion for social dignity in place of affluence and consumerism.
Had humanity not experienced the dark age of medieval periods and centers of power not hindered the flourishing of knowledge and constructive thoughts.
Had the wars of crusade and the ensuing periods of slavery and colonialism not happened. And had the inheritors of these dark periods followed the course on the premises of humanitarian principles.
Had the first and second World Wars in Europe, the wars in Korea, Vietnam, Africa, Latin America and in the Balkans not happened.
And if instead of the occupation of Palestine and imposition of a fake government, displacement and genocide of millions of people in [incomprehensible audio], the truth behind these wars had been revealed based on justice.
Had Saddam Hussein not invaded Iran. And had the big powers supported the rights of Iranian people instead of siding with Saddam.
If the tragic incident of Sept. 11th and the military actions against Afghanistan and Iraq that left millions killed and homeless have not happened. And if instead of killing and throwing the culprit into the sea without informing the world that the people of America and independent fact-finding team had been formed to make the general public aware of the truth behind the incident and prevail to bring in to justice their perpetrators.
Had extremism or terrorism not been used to secure political goals.
Had the arms of [incomprehensible audio] and military expenditures been used to promote building an amity among nations.
Had the drums of ethnic, religious or racial conflicts not been beaten and if differences not been used for the purposes of advancing political agendas.
Had the right to criticize the hegemony policies and actions of Zionism been recognized to allow the world media to freely report and shed light on the realities instead of taking deceitful gestures of backing freedom bent on offending the sanctities of most sacred beliefs of human beings and divine messengers who, as the purists and most compassionate human beings, are the gift of the Almighty to humanity.
Had the Security Council not been under the domination of the limited number of governments, thus disabling the United Nations to carry out its responsibilities on a just and equitable basis.
If the international economic institutions have not been under pressure and allowed to perform their duties and functions by using their expertise based on fairness and justice.
Had the world capitalist not weaken or victimize the economies of nations in order to make up for their own mistakes.
If integrity and honesty had not prevailed on the international relations and all nations and governments were treated equally and justly in the global effort to build and expand happiness for the entire mankind.
And if tens of other unfavorable situations had not occurred in human life.
Imagine how beautiful and pleasant our lives and how lovely the history of mankind would have been.
Let us take a look at the world situation today.
A. The economic situation. Poverty is one the rise and the gap is widening between the rich and the poor. Total foreign debt in 18 industrial countries has excessive $63 million [sic] while the repayment of half of this amount is sufficient to eradicate poverty in the world.
Economies depend on consumerism and exploitation of people only serve the interests of a limited number of countries. Creation of the worthless paper assets by using influence and control over the world’s economic centers constitutes the greatest abuse of history and is considered a major contributor to global economic crisis. It has been reported that only $33 billion of paper assets were printed by one government alone.
Development planning based on capitalist economy that runs in a vicious circle triggers unhealthy and devastating competitions and it is a failed practice.
B. The cultural situation. From the standpoint of the politicians who control the world power centers, concepts such as moral principles of purity, honesty, integrity, compassion and self-sacrifice are rejected as defunct and outdated notions and impediment to the accomplishment of their goals. They openly talk about their disbelief in the relevance of ethics to the political and social affairs.
Pure and indigenous cultures have the products of centuries-old efforts of nations – the common denominator reflected human profound feelings of love towards beauties and the force which breeds diversity, cultural vividness, and social dynamism are under constant attacks and susceptible to extinction.
A specific lifestyle devoid of individual social identity is being imposed on nations by organized and systematic destruction and humiliation of identities. Families as a noble institution of societies and as center emanating love and humanity has been seriously weakened and its destructive role is on the decline. One of sublimed roles and personality as a heavenly being, a manifestation of divine image and beauty, and the main pillar of every society has been damaged and abused by the powerful and the wealthy.
Human soul has become frustrated and the essence of humankind humiliated and suppressed.
C. Political and security situation. Unilateralism, application of double standards, and imposition of wars, instability and occupation to ensure economic interests and expand dominance over sensitive centers of the world are the order of the day.
Arms race and intimidation by nuclear weapons and weapons of mass destruction by the hegemonic powers have become prevalent. Testing new generations of ultra-modern weaponry and a pledge to disclose these armaments undue time is now being used as a new language of threats against nations to force them into accepting a new era of hegemony.
Continued threats by the uncivilized Zionist to resort to military actions against our great nation is a clear example of this bitter reality.
A state of mistrust has cast a shadow on the international relations whilst there is no trusted or just authority to help resolve world conflicts.
No one feels secure or safe – even those who have stockpiles thousands of atomic bombs and other arms in their arsenals.
Indeed, the environmental situation – the environment as a common wealth and as a heritage of the entire humankind and a constant guarantor of man’s survival has been seriously damaged and devastated as a result of irresponsible and excessive use of resources, particularly by Catholics across the world. A situation that has caused massive droughts, floods, and pollutions, inflicting irreparable damage and jeopardizing seriously human life on earth.
Dear colleagues, despite advances in scientific knowledge and technology, the aspirations of Adam’s children have not yet been fulfilled.
Does anybody believe that continuation of the current order is capable of bringing happiness for human society? Today, everyone is discontent and disappointed with the current international order.
Dear colleagues, human beings do not deserve to be under continued sufferings of the present situation. God of wisdom and compassion who loves all human beings has not ordained such a destiny for mankind. He has ordered human as the supreme creature to make the best and most beautiful life on earth along with justice, love and dignity.
We must, therefore, think of a solution. Who is responsible for all these sufferings and failures?
Some people try to justify that everything is normal and the reflection of the divine will putting the blame on nation as responsible for all prevalent vices and evils. They are of the opinion that it is the nations that succumb to discrimination and tyranny; it is the nations that surrender to dictatorship and greed; it is the nations that accept the hegemony of arrogant and expansionist powers; it is the nations that are influenced by the propping of powers and most of the vices in our world are the results of passive attitudes with the inclination to live under the supremacy of the world powers.
These are the arguments raised by those who tend to blame nations for the unfavorable conditions prevailing in the world with the intention to justify the attitudes and destructive behaviors of the ruling minority. These claims – supposedly authentic – cannot in any way justify continuation of the present oppressive international order.
Indeed, parity is imposed on nations and powers, ambitions, and goals are pursued either through deceit or resort to force. To justify their inhumane actions, they propagate the theory based on the survival of the fittest.
While in principle most governments and nations of justice-seeking people are humble and submissive in the face of right and are after fostering dignity, prosperity and constructive interactions, masses of people never want to expand their territories nor do they seek to obtain legendary wealth. They have no dispute among themselves in principle and have never played in a role in the creation of any disastrous events in the course of history.
I do not believe that Muslims, Christians, Jews, Hindus, Buddhists, and others have any problem among themselves or are hostile against each other. They get along together comfortably and live together in an atmosphere of peace and amity. They’re all devoted to the cause of justice, purity and love.
The general tendencies of nations has always been to accomplish positive common aspirations, reflecting exalted divine and human beauties and nobilities.
The current abysmal situation of the world and the bitter incidents of history are due mainly to the wrong management of the world and the self-proclaimed centers of power, who have entrusted themselves to the devil.
The order that is rooted in the anti-human [values] of slavery and the old and new colonialism are responsible for poverty, corruption, ignorance and oppression and discrimination in every corner of the world.
The current world order has certain characteristics, some of which are as follows:
It is founded on materialism and that is why it is in no way bound to moral values.
It has been shaped according to selfishness, deception, hatred and animosity.
It believes in classification of human beings, humiliation of other nations, trampling upon the right of others…
It seeks to expand its domination by spreading discord and conflicts among ethnic groups and nations.
It aims to monopolize power, wealth, science and technology for a limited group.
Policies of the world’s main centers of power are based on the principle of domination and the conquering of others. These centers only seek supremacy and are not in favor of peace and definitely not at the service of their nations.
Are we to believe that those who spend hundreds of millions of dollars on election campaigns have the interest of the people of the world at their hearts? Despite what big political parties claim in the capitalist countries, the money that goes into election campaigns is usually nothing but an investment. In such countries… parties only represents a small number of people. The will and view of the masses have the least impact and influence on the big decisions, especially those made about domestic and foreign policies.
In the United States and in Europe, their voices are not heard even if they constitute 99% of their societies.
Human and ethical values are sacrificed in order to win worlds and the willingness to listen to the demands of the people has become only a tool at the time of the elections.
The current world order is currently discriminatory and based on injustice.
Distinguished friends and colleagues. What should be done and what is the way of the current situation?
There is no doubt that the world is need of a new order and a fresh way of thinking and in which man is recognized as God’s supreme creature, enjoying material and spiritual qualities and possessing a pure and divine nature filled with a desire to seek justice and truth – an order to revive human dignity and beliefs in universal happiness and perfection
Three, an order which is after peace, lasting security and welfare for all walks of life around the globe.
Four, an order that is founded upon trust and kindness and bring forth hearts and hands closer to each others’. Rulers must love people.
Five, a just and fair order in which everybody is equal before law and in which there is no other standard.
Six, leaders of the world must regard themselves as committed servants of the people, not their superiors.
Seven, authority is a sacred gift from people to their rulers, not a chance to amass power and wealth.
Mr. President, ladies and gentlemen, is it possible to have such an order without having everybody’s contribution to the way the world is run? It is abundantly evident that when all the people and government start to think and commitment themselves to the above mentioned principles and become sensitive to the internationally important issues and participate in decision-makings, their wishes will find the chance to be materialized.
By raising collective awareness, the seeking of a joint global management becomes more vivid with the chances of its implementation increase.
Today is the day of nations and their wants will determine the future of the world. Therefore, together we need to place our trust in God Almighty and to stand against the acquisitive minority with our might so that they become isolated and can no longer decide the destiny of other nations.
Two, believe in the God’s bounty of blessing and mercy and seek it in the integration and unity of human societies. Governments emerging from the free will of nations must believe in their own ceaseless capabilities and know that they can achieve victory if they vigorously fight the unjust order and defend human rights.
Three, pave the ground for the joint global management by insisting upon justice in all its aspects, strengthen unity, friendship and expand economic, social, cultural and political interactions in an independent and specialized organization.
Four, care about the interests of all the people of the world and join hands to reform the current structure of the United Nations with our joint efforts and coordination. It is necessary to know that the United Nations belongs to all nations. The existence of discrimination amongst its members is a grave insult to all. The existence of discrimination and monopoly in the United Nations is in no way acceptable.
Five, have more coordinated efforts to generate and propagate and firmly establish the language needed for designing the required structures of the joint global management filled with it justice, love, freedom, and amity. Participation in global management is the basis of lasting peace.
The Non-Aligned Movement as the second largest trans-regional group after the United Nations held its 16th summit in Tehran with the motto of joint global management cognizant of this important issue and the shortcomings of the current mismanagements in the emergence of crises and problems afflicting the world today. During the summit, participating heads of states and representatives of more than 120 countries underscore the necessity of a more serious and effective participation of all nations in the global management.
Fortunately, we are now at a historic juncture. On the one hand, Marxism is no longer around and is particularly eliminated from the management systems. And on the other, capitalism is bogged down in a self-made quagmire and it has indeed reached a deadlock and does not seem to be able to come up with any noteworthy solution to the various economic, political, security, and cultural problems of the world.
Non-Aligned Movement is proud to once again emphasize the rightfulness of its historic decision to reject the pull of power and the unbridled hegemony ruling the world.
On behalf of the members of the Non-Aligned Movement, I would like to invite all countries of the world to play a more active role in making it possible for everybody to contribute to the global decision-making processes in the world.
The need to remove the structural barriers and encourage the process of universal participation in global management has never been greater before. The United Nations lacks the efficiency to bring about the required changes. If this inefficiency persists, nations will lose hope in the global structures to defend their rights. If the United Nations is not restructured, international interactions and the spirit of global cooperation will be tarnished and the standing of the Untied Nations will be damaged.
The United Nations has been created with the purpose of expanding justice and re-institution of human rights has been in practice been engulfed by discrimination, preparing the supportive ground for the domination of a few powerful countries. Consequently, U.N.’s inefficiency has been on the rise. Moreover, the existence of the veto right and monopolization of power in the Security Council have made it nearly impossible to defend the rights of the nations.
The issue of the U.N. restructuring is very vital and is a need that has been emphasized time and time again by the representatives of nations – a goal that has not yet been accomplished.
I would urge the honorable members of the United Nations and his excellency the Secretary General and his colleagues to place this issue high on their agendas and devise an appropriate mechanism to make it happen.
Non-Aligned Movement stands ready to aid the United Nations in this essential endeavor.
Mr. President, friends, and dear colleagues, creating peace and lasting security with decent life for all – although a great historic mission – can be accomplished. The Almighty God has not left us alone in this mission and has said that it will surely happen. If it doesn’t happen, then it will be contradictory to his wisdom.
God has promised us a man of kindness, a man who loves people and loves absolute justice, a man who is a perfect human being and his name [untranslatable audio], a man who will come in the company of Jesus Christ and the righteous. By using the inherent potential of all the worthy man and woman of all nations – and I repeat, the inherent potential of all the worthy man and woman of all nations – he will lead humanity into achieving its glorious and eternal ideals.
The arrival of the ultimate savior will mark a new beginning, a rebirth and a resurrection. It will be the beginning of peace, lasting security, and genuine life.
His arrival will be the end of oppression, immorality, poverty, discrimination, and the beginning of justice, love and empathy.
He will come and he will cut through ignorance, superstition, prejudice by opening the gates of science and knowledge.
He will establish a world of prudence and he will prepare the ground for the collective, active, and constructive participation of all in the global management.
He will come to grant kindness, hope, freedom and dignity to all humanity as a gift.
He will come so mankind will taste the pleasure of being human and being in the company of other humans.
He will come so that hands will be joined, hearts will be filled with love and thoughts will be purified to be at the service of security, welfare, happiness, well-being, and peace for all.
He will come to return all children of Adam irrespective of their skin colors to [incomprehensible audio] their region after a long history of separation and division, linking them to eternal happiness and joy.
The arrival of the ultimate savior, Jesus Christ and the righteous, will bring about an eternally bright future for mankind – not by force or raging wars but through thoughts, awakening, and developing kindness in everyone. Their arrival will breathe a new life in the cold and frozen hearts and body of the world. He will bless humanity with a strength that puts an end to our winter of ignorance, poverty, and war with the tidings of a season of blooming. He puts an end to the winter of ignorance for humanity.
Now, we can see and we can sense the sweet scent and the soulful breeze of the spring – a spring that has just begun and doesn’t belong to a specific race, ethnicity, nation or region; a spring that will soon reach all the territories in Asia, Europe, Africa, and America.
He will be the spring of all – the justice seekers, freedom lovers and the followers of heavenly prophets. He will be the spring of humanity and the greenery of all ages.
Let us join hands and clear the way for his eventual arrival with empathy and cooperation, in harmony and unity. Let us march on this path to salvation for the thirsty souls of humanity to taste immortal joy and grace. Long live this spring. Long live this spring. And again and again, long live this spring.
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