Ahmadinejad Ignores Iran’s Own Human Rights Abuses In Conspiracy Theory Laden U.N. Speech

Today at the United Nations General Assembly, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad — as he has in years past — prompted a massive walkout of his speech after he dredged up a number of conspiracy theories, including that the U.S. government was complicit in the 9/11 attacks.

There were some other outlandish statements in Ahmadinejad’s speech. He accused some Europeans of still using the Holocaust “as the excuse to pay fine or ransom to the Zionists.” The Iranian president added that the circumstances surrounding Osama bin Laden’s death pointed to the larger 9/11 conspiracy:

“Instead of assigning a fact-finding team, they killed the main perpetrator and threw his body into the sea,” Ahmadinejad said. “Would it not have been reasonable to bring to justice and openly bring to trial the main perpetrator of the incident?

“Is there any classified information that must be kept secret?” he asked.

What was missing from Ahmadinejad’s speech? His own government violent repression of its own people, particularly during the Green Movement uprisings in 2009, as a U.S. Mission spokesperson observed:

“Mr. Ahmadinejad had a chance to address his own people’s aspirations for freedom and dignity, but instead he again turned to abhorrent anti-Semitic slurs and despicable conspiracy theories,” said Mark Kornblau, the spokesman for the US Mission to the United Nations.

Delegations from many Western nations, including France and the United States, walked out during the speech. Watch it (starting at 12:48):

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