September 29th, 2012
03:20 PM ET

On GPS Sunday: Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Bain Capital's Steve Pagliuca

Watch "Fareed Zakaria GPS" on Sunday at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. ET:

On GPS this week: Fareed speaks with Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who has been in New York this week on his final visit to the United Nations as Iran’s president,  about the crisis in Syria, relations with Israel, and his country’s nuclear ambitions.

“I have always maintained that the Zionist regime has no historical root in the region…why would I say that the Jews have no historical root?” Ahmadinejad says. “They were also in Iran, a great many of them. So that means that Iran belongs to the Jews? Iran belongs to Iranians, whether they’re Jews, whether they’re Muslims or Christians. Please pay close attention here, sir.  The borderline is quite thin. Zionism is a doctrine, is a school of thought, is an aggressive school of thought, has nothing to do with the Jewish people.”

Also, Fareed sits down with a Bain Capital Managing Director Steve Pagliuca, who explains what his company does, and talks about the Mitt Romney he knows.

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  1. Mansour Sadeghi

    Even Iranian have started to defend the rights of members of the Baha'i Faith in Iran and were sorry to have remained silent for many years on the suffering of the Baha'is whose objective is to establish peace and unity of mankind. How come the major media either do not address violation of human rights in Iran and on Baha'is, as well and if they do, they let Ahmadinezhad to cleverly scape answering the question or not acknowledging who is the founder of the Baha'i Faith. Hello, you are the president and your allow persecution of the Baha'is without knowing who their prophet is and in turn what their beliefs are? Ask the questions and hold him to it, this time. He said all the right things and none of them apply to his regime and the rights of Iranian citizens, as human right violation in Iran is no secret to the world and the Iranian regime continue to throw empty words because they are not supported by any actions to show the word that they mean what they say and quiet contrary, and he still being allowed to get away and say what he wants to say. Do not let him off the hook, this time, PLEASE.....

    September 30, 2012 at 6:07 am | Reply
  2. Hindus, Holocaust and Hitler: A Study In Commonality

    What Ahmadinejad preaches has already been practiced by India decades ago. No wonder India is double dealing with Americans in Iran.

    There is a prevailing culture that has a tendency to keep the populace in the dark. I will go as far as saying the media has been an accomplice in this endeavor. I am going to quote the following that I am sure Americans have every right to know particularly those of Jewish descent and of course Israelis.

    "It is no secret that Hitler and his Nazi cronies sought inspiration from Indian extremist groups including the branding of his Nazi Party by adopting the Swastika, a traditionally Hindu symbol and representation of Hindu god Ganesha, as its marketing tool. The thesis being that like the Norwegian massacre the Jewish holocaust orchestrated by Hitler was inspired by the inherently violent cult of Indian Hindus and the manifesto of its then extremist/terrorist groups still in existence today. These groups are now the successors to and carrying out the vision of Al Qaeda all over the world albeit in a clandestine manner."

    Let me quote another instance of this disgraceful disposition:
    It is no secret that Mahatma Gandhi (Hindu leader) was a pedophile. What is very disturbing is his relationship (!) and friendship with Hitler. He is known to have offered advice and encouragement to Hitler and his Nazi Party to undertake the Jewish Holocaust."

    A few months ago an auction was being arranged in Europe of Gandhi's letters and other artifacts corroborating the foregoing. Apparently, the Indian government with assistance from expatriate Indian businessmen muscled the auctioneers and put a stop to this auction.

    September 30, 2012 at 11:36 am | Reply
    • glen

      i fail to understand how hinduism comes into the picture. your comparison of nazism with hinduism shows poor knowledge on religion, politics and the indian freedom struggle. the indian freedom struggle was by and large peaceful due to the presence of m. k. gandhi.
      the swastika symbol has been a symbol of hinduism for thousands of years. your ignorance of this fact is disappointing.

      October 1, 2012 at 12:21 am | Reply
      • Thinker23

        Racists of all kinds ALWAYS are liars and ALWAYS have prety limited mental abilities. An intelligent human being usually does not identify with racism.

        October 1, 2012 at 8:19 pm |
  3. Robert Bestani

    I enjoyed your show today (as always) and your segment on Bain Capital. It seems to me the point is not how good a company Bain is or how effective Mitt Romney was as their CEO. I totally agree he was a very effective leading Bain. But Mitt somewhat reminds me of Michael Jordan – the greatest basketball player in the sport's history. As you may recall, when Michael decided he wanted to try baseball, he was a total bust, and so he returned to basketball. Indeed, when he tried his hand as an owner manager within basketball he also failed. My point is that just because you are a star in one field, it does not follow that you will be a star in another. So to it is with Mitt. Clearly in running for President, Mitt is proving that he does not have the skills needed to excel in the political game.

    September 30, 2012 at 2:03 pm | Reply
  4. Akheron

    I like Ahmadinejad because all his says is a thuth!! but no one leader of westerns countries want hear that veracity about zionist, because the creation of the israel is the biggest mistake of ONU

    September 30, 2012 at 3:43 pm | Reply
    • Isaac


      September 30, 2012 at 5:25 pm | Reply
  5. joe anon 1

    iran, we will trade obama, romney, cllintons for your president.

    then america will have a chance to recover.

    October 1, 2012 at 1:33 pm | Reply
    • Sam

      If you like him so much perhaps you should move to Iran and see how people really live and are persecuted for their believes then you may have a different view and one of a reality

      October 2, 2012 at 12:32 am | Reply
  6. Ben Hickman

    GPS is the only weekend opinion show I watch and I'm a longtime fan. That's why I was really surprised at the totally softball fluff interview with The Bain honcho. No questions about hostile or non hostile LBOs , harvesting companies like Amerpad. KB toys or Stage stores for huge profits after running them into bankruptcy and destroying jobs and workers pensions. There are many other similar examples. You could have ask him how it works to make 100 million on a 5 million investment. That there are democrats and independents at Bain has to be a Joke. I'm sure to get him to come on , you had to give the list of softball questions in advance. Fareed is better than this!!

    October 1, 2012 at 3:16 pm | Reply

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