Last night the President of Iran, one Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, spoke to the United Nations General Assembly. During the speech, he referred to some of the issues surrounding the events of September 11th, 2001. His comments were so inflammatory that the delegations from the United States, Australia and several other European countries left their seats and walked out as he spoke. Canada's United Nations delegation didn't even bother to show up.
Here are some quotes:
"...We now know that a blueprint for the creation of a global Pax Americana was drawn up for Dick Cheney (now vice-president), Donald Rumsfeld (defence secretary), Paul Wolfowitz (Rumsfeld's deputy), Jeb Bush (George Bush's younger brother) and Lewis Libby (Cheney's chief of staff). The document, entitled Rebuilding America's Defences, was written in September 2000 by the neoconservative think tank, Project for the New American Century (PNAC).
The plan shows Bush's cabinet intended to take military control of the Gulf region whether or not Saddam Hussein was in power. It says "while the unresolved conflict with Iraq provides the immediate justification, the need for a substantial American force presence in the Gulf transcends the issue of the regime of Saddam Hussein...."
"...First, it is clear the US authorities did little or nothing to pre-empt the events of 9/11...."
"...From this it seems that the so-called "war on terrorism" is being used largely as bogus cover for achieving wider US strategic geopolitical objectives...."
"...The evidence again is quite clear that plans for military action against Afghanistan and Iraq were in hand well before 9/11...."
Oops, please excuse the error. I seem to have posted quotes from the wrong source. The preceding statements were from a column written by Michael Meacher in the Guardian back in September 2003 that you can find here. In case you weren't aware of Mr. Meacher, he was the United Kingdom's Environment Minister from 1997 to 2003 during part of Prime Minister Tony Blair's reign until he was "relieved of his duties" in June 2003. He did declare his intention to run for the leadership of the Labour Party in 2007, however, he stood aside 2 months later. It's important to remember that Mr. Meacher was part of the government that was the first to sign on to George W's "Coalition of the Willing".
In case you were wondering what President Ahmadinejad really did say, you can find the Iran government-approved text of his speech here.
A couple of actual quotes from the President's speech in closing and this time I promise that they really are his:
"...It was said that some three thousands people were killed on the II September for which we are all very saddened. Yet, up until now, in Afghanistan and Iraq hundreds of thousands of people have been killed, millions wounded and displaced and the conflict is still going on and expanding. In identifying those responsible for the attack, there were three viewpoints.
1- That a very powerful and complex terrorist group, able to successfully cross all layers of the American intelligence and security, carried out the attack. This is the main viewpoint advocated by American statesmen.
2- That some segments within the U.S. government orchestrated the attack to reverse the declining American economy and its grips on the Middle East in order also to save the Zionist regime. The majority of the American people as well as other nations and politicians agree with this view.
3- It was carried out by a terrorist group but the American government supported and took advantage of the situation. Apparently, this viewpoint has fewer proponents...."
It almost sounds like President Ahmadinejad and Mr. Meacher were reading from the same script, doesn't it?