October 21st, 2011
11:26 PM ET

Ahmadinejad: NATO's mission in Libya exacerbated conflict

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Saturday his reaction after ousted Libyan ruler Moammar Gadhafi's death is "not different."

"It was the will of the people that should work. ... justice, freedom and respect - this is the right of all nations," he said in an interview with CNN's Fareed Zakaria.

Ahmadinejad said he believed NATO's mission in Libya exacerbated the conflict, adding that the sovereignty of all nations should be respected.

The position of the United States in countries such as Libya and Syria has not helped, he added.

"Justice dictates that nobody should kill the other. Nobody has the right to kill others ... neither the government nor the opponents," Ahmadinejad said.

"We are going to make greater efforts to both encourage the government of Syria and the other side and all parties to reach an understanding. We believe there should be no interference from outside."

Ahmadinejad's stance on conflicts mirrors his speech last month at the U.N. General Assembly.

Delegations from the United States and several European nations, including France and the United Kingdom, walked out during Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's speech, in which he repeatedly condemned the United States and said some countries use the Holocaust as an "excuse to pay ransom... to Zionists."

In his remarks, Ahmadinejad called the September 11, 2001, attacks "mysterious" and said they were a pretext for a U.S.-led war against Afghanistan and Iraq.

He said the United States killed al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden instead of assigning a fact-finding team to investigate "hidden elements involved in September 11."

He also placed blame on the United States for numerous global problems including the financial crisis, criticizing it for dominating the world's "policy-making establishments," overspending on the military, and "printing trillions of dollars" that triggered inflation, according to an English translation of his speech provided by Iran's U.N. mission.

Ahmadinejad said the U.S. government views Zionism as "sacred," and that "European countries still use the Holocaust after six decades as the excuse to pay (a) fine or ransom to the Zionists."

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  1. nate

    Ahmadinejad is a nut job! he is a crazy radical leader who believes that the mahdi is coming to implent islam in the world?? hes crazy and will go down just like all the other leaders in the middle east. he hates jews and isreal and just like gadaffi who hated isreal and the jews he will get what he deserves. this man should be the last person talking about opression!!! he is one!! he is a opressive leader and will kill his people if they began an uprising in iran!! he is todays hitler plain and simple!! ppl got to realize there is good and evil in this world! he is evil!! plain and simple! god has used the u.s to keep nut jobs like this guy in check! if not for the us and there military presence in the world all of these crazy leaders will be taken over by radicals! they are already being taken over with us there what about when we leave??? it will just get worse! the arab spring and winter is not good and soon it will all explode in americas face!! im not sayin support the dictators but you have to handle it soon!! isreal will just kick all of there asses again! the arabs never learn always wanting land!! they just wanna destroy isreal not live in peace with them? i feel bad for all those ppl who think they have been liberated!! it will just get worse!! just watch i sed it first ppl!! (the lord is coming soon!) jesus!!

    October 24, 2011 at 9:03 pm | Reply
  2. Everett Wallace

    The fact is 9/11 originated from iran. GOD THE FATHER GOD THE SON GOD THE HOLY SPIRIT has just given you a revalations.

    October 24, 2011 at 9:42 pm | Reply
  3. vet2640

    Hey mahmoud,
    Watch your back, "ALLAH" does not favor rats like you.

    October 25, 2011 at 12:20 am | Reply
  4. harmonynoyes

    I don't know about WWII
    I'm talking about my life now- having had the misfortune of trusting the wrong doctor, wrong teacher, and believing a fake friendly theif who victimized me and my family; actually my family warned me not to be too trusting of people, but I had to learn the hard way. That all the victimizers happened to be jewish, can make a person wonder. About where they are coming from that would make it easy for them to act that way. This doesn't make me hitler, and my anger and distrust is justified. And if you don't post this, then you must be too afraid of something.

    October 25, 2011 at 12:22 am | Reply
    • harmonynoyes

      this statement eas in reply to prairie dweller, who is very paranoid

      October 25, 2011 at 12:24 am | Reply
    • harmonynoyes

      and anyway, why didn't they figh their own way out of concentration camps???
      the haven't earned my respect yet, if & when they do, I'll let you know, because some peopole seem sooo concerned about my opinion!

      October 25, 2011 at 1:08 am | Reply
      • harmonynoyes

        no, really, I mean six million of them, and they couldn't come up with something? Come on.

        October 25, 2011 at 2:02 am |
  5. Yakobi

    Iran has to use the U.S. as a scapegoat to divert attention away from all their domestic problems and try to unify their crumbling society behind a truly evil government. Know who else did that? Nazi Germany.

    October 25, 2011 at 12:27 am | Reply
  6. just me

    oh god, another one to be slaughtered in front of cameras..sigh...i don;t even want to see what the Iranian mob will do to this one....rip moammar

    October 25, 2011 at 1:15 am | Reply
  7. paul1121

    Lets look at it this way, under the Ottoman Turks, the Middle East was occupied by a bunch of clanish tribes that fought each other over. After the Turks were kicked out the French and the British moved in...Middle East still occupied; just the names changed. Along the lines, some American company figured out there was a lot of oil there; oil=gas=$$$. So we have a people under colonial rule while another country is building oil wells and getting rich. After WWII, they had Isreal shoved on them...it goes from bad to Mexican from there. (thats the nickle version, I invite you to look it up yourselves)

    So I can understand why the Middle Eastern countries are tired and paranoid of foreign intervention. Centuries of the Ottoman Turks, then the French and British while their land was being exploited by oil companies followed by a bunch of Middle Eastern dictators and warlords.

    However, I see Ahmadinejad as doing his best to villainize the US, whether its a down right lie or half truths; someone is going to believe it. Lenin said, "A lie told often enough becomes the truth".

    I see him doing a power play to make the US so bad, at any cost, so that the US citizens and the world will start doubting and fearing the US thus making the US less effective at home or overseas.

    My thoughts. Draw your own conclusions.

    October 25, 2011 at 1:28 am | Reply
    • George

      Learn how to spell Israel you fool.....

      October 25, 2011 at 2:40 pm | Reply
    • MCJNY

      i agree with paul in principle. Try to imagine if somebody drop another civilization on kansas and made everyone who lived there leave. It's impossible to imagine but that's exactly what happened in this case. Is anybody really shocked that palestinians are conducting direct and indirect military action against the israeli's growing borders. Its obscene and we shouldn't be supporting it in terms of government policy. The UN security council has already outlawed the israeli government's policys on expansion but nobody listens. If that happen in america, I would be out there fighting back as well.

      October 25, 2011 at 2:54 pm | Reply
  8. mmi16

    Revolutions are bloody undertakings for all parties involved.

    October 25, 2011 at 2:00 am | Reply
  9. Michael

    Look, the truth is that Ahmadinejad, Chavez, Assad, and all the other tyrant monkeys in mens' suits will eventually meet their just end like our friend Gaddafi did. It's the will of the people no matter who interferes. And like I've said before, the only reason some of you are allowed to voice your opinion freely is because you can do it through this website which is run by us arrogant Americans. Would your pal Ahmadinejad let you say this on his state-run websites? Why not?

    October 25, 2011 at 4:49 am | Reply
    • miked

      Your country was best friends and sold weapons to Gadhafi until just recently.

      Your country sells weapons to a lot of "mad men" as you would say.

      Google: Crimes committed by the CIA.

      October 25, 2011 at 1:59 pm | Reply
  10. Grumpster

    We should use an opportunity like this to either take him out or grab him and throw him in jail for crimes against humanity. We'll have wished we did years from now....or months. Aside from that, this a$$monkey doesn't deserve an audience.

    October 25, 2011 at 7:47 am | Reply
    • rob


      October 25, 2011 at 8:21 am | Reply
  11. rob

    AN infant in an adult world, stupid, meaningless, and delusional...the ken lay of government leaders...pointless insignificant d0uche b@gg.

    October 25, 2011 at 8:17 am | Reply
  12. Lance Bass

    All I know is this: Amademababbalabba looks great in those glasses. He can pack my fudge any day. He can push my stool. He can travel down the Hershey highway. He can get poop d**k. A** to mouth. I'm down!!!

    October 25, 2011 at 11:44 am | Reply
  13. Johnna

    C'mon people, every time Amadinajar opens his mouth it always proves what a nut job he is for sure. He is such a clueless towel head.

    October 25, 2011 at 1:16 pm | Reply
  14. aizen

    i dont see anything stupid or star wars in his response...why is it that US journalist forget the integrity of their jobs and become propagantists? and i thought you hated communism because of that. this jourmalist who used to be an objective man just lost his respect in my eyes, this is sad. hate or like him, this guy speaks his mind and lots of things he says are truth that the west dotn want to see and the population too indoctrinated to even start to comprehend...

    October 25, 2011 at 1:49 pm | Reply
    • Kelly

      If you think ahmadinejad speaks truth or anything that makes sense then you are an idiot of the highest order....you best go back to tehran...maybe the regime will kill you for speaking up or peacefully protesting.....you are a dumb ars...

      October 25, 2011 at 2:38 pm | Reply
      • aizen

        proof that you cant think, you have to insult what doesnt think like you. you sir/ma'am are a sad excuse of a human being anf who told you i was from teheran? i stick to my view, and keep yours. they are opinion, just like anus, we all have one and noone seem to think theirs stinks.

        October 25, 2011 at 4:55 pm |
  15. miked

    USA = mad because Iran has lots of oil and kicked out the US during the revolution.

    October 25, 2011 at 1:58 pm | Reply
    • Pat

      Oh, are you another one of those conspiracy theory nuts?

      October 25, 2011 at 3:18 pm | Reply
  16. MCJNY

    At this point in history, there is no moral or financial value in the united states having a garrison in the middle east. our only "ally" is israel and the saudis. At this point, israel offers the american people who pay the bills nothing of value. To take the idea on step further, I would like my country to end all ties with ME countries beyond simple commerce. I would rather we develop alternative energy and the independence to not have to "stabilize" other governments. I agree with ron paul on 2 notions and only 2. Audit and federalize the private bank known as the FED. 2. Pull out of the affairs of other nations and bring those resources and monies back to taking care of our country. We maintain bases every where. This is a role for nato not us. And we should be paying for this in our current financial state. Sorry military contractors, youll have to rob somebody else, we are fresh out.

    October 25, 2011 at 2:31 pm | Reply
    • James

      If you think Israel provides nothing of value then you better educate yourself as you are ignorant to the world and the security of the US....

      October 25, 2011 at 2:35 pm | Reply
      • MCJNY

        what do they offer us? and how? explain in detail. my patience for catch phrases and other nonsense is short. and if you can't come up with something of value then i expect an apology james.

        October 25, 2011 at 2:40 pm |
    • James

      Americans pay the bills????? the US provides 3 billion a year to Israel which is spent BACK IN THE US....thats the deal.....so once again you have no idea what you speak of........go look into how much is going to pakistan, China, hamas, etc......man you are pathetic....

      October 25, 2011 at 3:01 pm | Reply
      • MCJNY

        so in other words, you have nothing salient to offer except your passioned opinion about why the american people should remain in this useless alliance. Or why we should send 3-8 billion a year to israel depending on what budget forecast you look at. It's takes a mensch to apologize when one comes up short on facts and long on ideology.

        October 25, 2011 at 3:05 pm |
      • LA Warrior

        You are the one short on facts....and telling by the way you write, in height as well.....it seems like you are suffering from small man syndrome like your buddy ahmadinejad...who will soon be hanging from a pole...

        October 25, 2011 at 3:11 pm |
      • MCJNY

        Shakespeare would say methinks the lady doth protest too much. I ask a simple question and look at your answers. Name calling. heheheh. How about a simple response. The alliance does a b c d and works for both because and a few links backing up your notion. Wouldn't it be nice to have a regular conversation about a subject that isn't obvious in any way. give that shot fella or maam as the case may be.

        October 25, 2011 at 3:19 pm |
  17. George

    MCJNY, do you know how many technological advances in medicine, weaponry, writing, etc Israel provides to the US?? Israel has the highest number of nobel prize winners per capita in the world...even though there are 14 million in Israel and a billion muslims??? Do you know Israel is one of the only countries the US can trust in the mid east, do you know that Israel stores American weapons? Did you know Israel houses American radars? Did you know that Israel is the front line to muslim terrorism that would spread worldwide if not for Israel? Did you know Israel provids anti terrorism training to the US military? Did you know Israel has created the most advanced missile defence shield in the world? Shall I go on???? My patience for idiots like you and your nonsense is short...maybe try studying up on topics before you write may avoid you looking like a complete ignorant loser......

    October 25, 2011 at 2:58 pm | Reply
    • MCJNY

      So we should stay in this alliance because israel is a garrison of the us? We don't need them. And we certainly don't need the nonsense and strife that they are creating just to have a trusted garrison. Please feel free to link data on the patents that israel gives to the us and how those patents help the american people? If you love israel, great. But I and other americans are starting to ask a good, smart questions about the nature and value of this alliance.

      Trust? Trust to do what? use our country as a big bully to continue their ruthless and bloody expansion? Sorry you 2 but your argument is weak at this level of data exchange. If you have more than your angst that I don't know about the "immense" value that israel has for america, then feel free to make salient, verified points.

      October 25, 2011 at 3:10 pm | Reply
      • Sam

        Actually, the majority of the US including congress supports Israel......maybe you should go to iran....?

        October 25, 2011 at 3:15 pm |
      • James

        A garrison? What are you 99 years old? No, its because it is the only democracy in the mid east surrounded by a cesspool of terror.........the difference between good and evil.........

        October 25, 2011 at 3:16 pm |
      • MCJNY

        so the israelis are saving america from terrorism. Ok interesting. How? You know when people get so touchy and emotional about what appears to be a logical discussion, my bs meter starts beeping. These are interesting ideas now put together a little information. save the insults and enlighten the rest of us with your intimate knowledge of the strategic value of isreal to the US in the modern day. would a please help?..Please..there you go. Now on to a logical discussion, shall we?

        October 25, 2011 at 3:28 pm |
    • steve harnack

      Israel created the most advanced missile shield? I guess that's why we violated our own policy to ship them Patriot systems?

      October 25, 2011 at 5:42 pm | Reply
  18. James

    The day I apologize to an idiot like you is the day pork flies into your muslim mouth.....

    October 25, 2011 at 2:59 pm | Reply
  19. Karen

    When will ahmadinejad go the way of ghadaffi? He has killed more of his people and supports terrorism worldwide....I would love to see him hanging from tehran square....

    October 25, 2011 at 3:08 pm | Reply
    • Majesty

      There is and never been TEHRAN Square.

      October 25, 2011 at 3:54 pm | Reply
  20. Karen

    MCJNY, its 3 billion......you are now lying like a muslim....it must hurt when you have no argument.........

    October 25, 2011 at 3:09 pm | Reply
  21. Michael

    Why would any responsible "journalist" give this kook access? The vast majority of Iranians don't believe a word he says, he gives terrorists a bad name.

    October 25, 2011 at 5:21 pm | Reply
  22. Joshua

    Should I be missing something here? Ahmadinejad is talking about liberty, freedom, and blah blah blah when just 2 years ago after he fraudently won the election in Iran. People were crowded in the streets of Tehran and he was killing all of them and acting just like Assad of Syria is now. This guy is a total hypocrite if you ask me.

    October 25, 2011 at 5:39 pm | Reply
  23. Warrior

    The Muslim Leaders of Iran, the Ayatollas, tell this puppet President what to say, and what not to say, to alay our fears that his 'science project on how to make a mushroom cloud' will never prove out.

    HIs hatred of us, blinds him to the fact, that the Holacaust existed... He is still fighting the Crusades from yester-years.

    Its a proven fact, that Muslims can 'lie' to anyone, if it furthers thier advancement of Religion, and the Iranian President is doing that nicely. (Sorry, cant remember all the alphabets in his name, so I refer him as Iranian President–>Old age is taking my spelling abilities away slowly). Or, I could refer to him as "I'm a nutjob", Jay Leno style LOL...

    We cant 'nuke' Iran and make a glass ash tray out of the place, but, Im sure, when they get the combination wrong, and nuke themselves out of existence, everyone will blame the United States, cause we didnt help them in thier endeovor.

    If the Muslims Extremist werent so full of hatred for the United States, and all the good we have done in the World, then, we will have to meet them at 'thier door', and extinguish thier lamp, and leave them upon the cold dead sands of time.

    I wish you well...


    October 25, 2011 at 6:07 pm | Reply
    • billy jester

      TRUE DAT

      October 26, 2011 at 6:42 am | Reply
  24. mike

    You disagree with foreign intervention yet you want to be the only one that these countries listen to, you want to advise them? All this man and his masters want is what they want of their people, ZERO dissent.

    October 25, 2011 at 8:45 pm | Reply
    • Occupado

      And they're willing to do whatever it takes to get it.

      October 26, 2011 at 7:16 am | Reply
  25. billy jester

    Somebody PLEASE introduce this guy to some soap and water. After he got out of the elevator at the UN on his last visit to spread more lies and hatred, the entire elevator smelled like a herd of goats had been there. President ahmedsmelli should also visit a tailor and get a decent suit. What a totally classless piece of crap!!

    October 26, 2011 at 6:41 am | Reply
  26. Occupado

    Who can actually sit down with this moronic lunatic and actually expect him to honestly answer questions? He lost his election. The Iranian people soundly rejected him. But he had the guns and he was willing to kill the innocent to stay in power.

    His Quaddafy photo-op moment is coming - and not a moment too soon.

    October 26, 2011 at 7:15 am | Reply
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