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Alan Elsner

Alan Elsner

Posted: September 17, 2010 04:26 PM

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will address the United Nations General Assembly next Thursday. Here are some points to watch:

• Will he vow to press on with the Iranian nuclear program in defiance of U.N. Security Council resolutions? Example: "The Iranian people are united... and will not step back one inch in their nuclear program. Iran has become a nuclear country." (June 3, 2007)

• Will he defy U.N. sanctions? Example: "Whatever they do, Iran will continue its activities. Sanctions are not important." (Sept. 18, 2008)

• Will he blame the United States for all the world's troubles? Example: "The root of all problems and wars in the world is the unwanted meddling of the United States in world affairs." (Jan. 15, 2009)

• Will he again call for the destruction of Israel? Example: "Regional nations hate this fake and criminal regime and if the smallest and briefest chance is given to regional nations, they will destroy it." (May 14, 2008)

• Will he demean women and African Americans? Example: "Presidency of a woman in a country that boasts its gunmanship is unlikely... Do you think a black candidate would be allowed to be president in the U.S.?" (May 1, 2008)

• Will he deny the existence of gays? Example: "In Iran, we don't have homosexuals like in your country. In Iran, we do not have this phenomenon." (Sept 24, 2007)

• Will he use Nazi-inspired rhetoric? Example: "World powers created a black and dirty microbe named the Zionist regime." (Feb 20,2008)

• Will he deny the Holocaust? Example: "Some European countries insist on saying that Hitler killed millions of innocent Jews in furnaces, although we don't accept this claim..." (Dec 8, 2005)

 

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