Tuesday, 28 April 2009


This is a rush transcript of the Iranian President Mahmoud
Ahmadinejad’s remarks at the United Nations Durban Review Conference
on racism in Geneva, Switzerland, on April 20, 2009. Transcribed from
the translation given in the U.N. webcast here

In the name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful… [Protestors in
clown costumes escorted out by security] May he bestow upon his
prophets… Praise be upon Allah, the Almighty, who is just, kind, and
compassionate. May he bestow upon his prophets his blessings and his
grace from Adam to Noah; Abraham, Moses, Jesus Christ, and His last
prophet, Mohammed. Peace be upon them all who are the harbingers of
monotheism, fraternity, love … [Applause] … human dignity and

Mr. Chairman. I call upon all distinguished guests to forgive these
ignorant people.

In the name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful. Praise be upon
Allah, the Almighty, who is just, kind, and compassionate, and praise
and salutations of the Almighty God to the great prophet. May he
bestow upon [us] His blessings, His grace. We thank the Almighty God.
Praise be upon him who is just and who is compassionate. And the
salutations and regards of Allah to his prophets, from Noah to
Abraham, Moses, Jesus Christ, and his last prophet Mohammed. Peace be
upon them all who are the harbingers of monotheism, fraternity, love,
human dignity, and justice.

Mr. Chairman. Honorable Secretary General of the United Nations.
Madam High Commissioner. Ladies and Gentleman. We have gathered here
in the follow up to the Durban conference against racism and racial
discrimination to work out practical mechanisms for our holy and
humanitarian campaigns. Over the last centuries, humanity has gone
through tremendous suffering and pain. In the middle ages, thinkers
and scientists were sentenced to death. It was then followed by a
period of slavery and slave trade, when innocent people in millions
were captivated and separated from their families and loved ones, to
be taken to Europe and America under worse conditions; the dark
period that also experienced occupations, lootings, and massacres of
innocent people.

Many years passed by before nations rose up and fought for their
liberty and freedom, and they paid a high price. They lost millions
of lives to expel the occupiers and proclaim their independence.
However, it did not take long that the coercive powers imposed two
wars in Europe which also plagued a part of Asia and Africa. Those
horrific wars claimed about 100 million lives and left behind massive
devastation. Had lessons been learned from the occupations, horrors,
and crimes of those wars, there would have been a ray of hope for the
future. The victorious powers called themselves the conquerors of the
world while ignoring or downtreading the rights of other nations by
the imposition of oppressive laws and international arrangements.

Ladies and gentlemen, let us take a look at the U.N. Security
Council, which is one of the legacies of World War II and World War
I. What was the logic behind their granting themselves the veto
rights? How can such a logic comply with humanitarian or spiritual
values? Could it be in conformity with the recognized principles of
justice, equality before law, love, and human dignity? [Applause] Or
rather, with discrimination, injustice, violation of human rights, or
humiliation of the majority of nations and countries?

That Council is the highest decision-making world body for
safeguarding the international peace and security. How can we expect
the realization of justice and peace when discrimination is legalized
and the origin of law is dominated by coercion and force rather than
by justice and the right?

Coercion and arrogance is the origin of oppression and wars. Although
today many proponents of racism condemn racial discrimination in
their words and in their slogans, a number of powerful countries have
been authorized to decide for other nations based on their own
interests and at their own discretions. And they can easily ridicule
and violate all laws and humanitarian values, as they have done so.

Following World War II, they resorted to military aggression to make
an entire nation homeless on the pretext of Jewish sufferings. And
they sent migrants from Europe, the United States, and other parts of
the world in order to establish a totally racist government in the
occupied Palestine… [Delegates walk out in protest. Applause] And in
fact in compensation for the dire consequences of racism in Europe…
Okay, please. Thank you. And in fact in compensation for the dire
consequences of racism in Europe, they helped bring to power the most
cruel and repressive, racist regime in Palestine. [Applause]

The Security Council helped stabilize this occupation regime and
supported it in the past 60 years, giving them a free hand to
continue their crimes. It is all the more regrettable that a number
of Western governments and the United States have committed
themselves to defend those racist perpetrators of genocide whilst the
awakened conscience and free minded people of the world condemn
aggression, brutalities and bombardments of civilians in Gaza. They
have always been supportive or silent against their crimes. And
before that, they have always been silent with regard to their

Distinguished delegates, ladies and gentlemen, what are the root
causes of U.S. attacks against Iraq or invasion of Afghanistan?
[Shouts from audience] What are the root causes of U.S. attacks
against Iraq invasion of Afghanistan? Was the motive behind the
invasion of Iraq anything other than the arrogance of the then U.S.
administration and the mounting pressures on the part of the owner of
wealth and power to expand their sphere of influence, seeking the
interests of giant arms manufacturing companies, affecting a noble
culture with thousands of years of historical background, eliminating
potential and practical traits of Muslim countries against the useful
Zionist regime, or to control and plunder energy resources of the
Iraqi people? Why, indeed almost a million people were killed and
injured and a few more millions were displaced and became homeless.
Why, indeed the Iraqi people have suffered enormous losses amounting
to hundreds of billions of dollars. And why was hundreds of billions
of dollars imposed on the American people and its allies as a result
of these military actions? Wasn’t the military action against Iraq
planned by the Zionists and their allies in the then U.S.
administration in complicity with the arms manufacturing companies
and the owner of the wealth?

The invasion of Afghanistan; restore peace, security, and economic
well being in this country. The United States and its allies not only
have failed to contain [?] in Afghanistan, but also the illicit
cultivation of narcotics multiplied in the course of their presence.
The basic question is: What was the responsibility of the job of the
then U.S. administration and its allies? Did it represent the world?
Have they been mandated by them? Have they been authorized on behalf
of the people of the world to interfere in all parts of the globe?
And of course mostly in our region aren’t these measures a clear
example of egocentrism, racism, discrimination, or infringement upon
the dignity and independence of nations?

Ladies and gentlemen, who are responsible for the current global
economic crisis? Where did the crisis start from? From Africa? From
Asia? Or was it first from the United States, then spreading to
Europe and to their allies? For a long time they imposed inequitable
economic regulations. By their political power on the international
economy they imposed a financial and a monetary system without a
proper international oversight mechanism on nations and governments
that played no role in the repressive trends or policies. They have
not even allowed their people to oversee of monitor their financial
policies. They introduce all laws and regulations in defiance to all
moral values only to protect the interests of the owners of wealth
and power. They further presented a definition of market economy and
competition that denied many of the economic opportunities that could
be available to other countries of the world. They even transferred
their problems to others whilst the wave of crisis lashed back,
plaguing their economies with thousands of billions of dollars in
budget deficits. And today, they are injecting hundreds of billions
of cash from the pockets of their own people into the failing banks
companies and financial institutions making the situation more and
more complicated for the economy and their people. They are simply
thinking about maintaining power and wealth. They couldn’t care any
less about the people of the world and even about their own people.

Mr. President, ladies and gentlemen, racism is rooted in the lack of
knowledge concerning the truth of human existence as the selected
creature of God. It is also the product of his deviation from the
true path of human life and the obligations of mankind in the world
of creation. Failing to consciously worship God, not being able to
think about the philosophy of life or the path to perfection that are
the main ingredients of divine and humanitarian values, have
restricted the horizon of human outlook, making transient and limited
interests a yardstick for his actions.

That is why the cells of the Devil’s power took shape and expanded
its realm of power by depriving others from enjoying equitable and
just opportunities to development. The result has been the making of
an unbridled racism that is posing the most serious threat against
the international peace and has hindered the way for building
peaceful coexistence in the entire world. Undoubtedly, racism is the
symbol of ignorance which has deep roots in history. And it is indeed
a sign of frustration in the development of human society. It is
therefore crucially important to trace the manifestations of racism
in situations or in societies where ignorance or lack of knowledge
prevails in the societies. This increasing general awareness and
understanding towards the philosophy of human existence is the
principle struggle against such manifestations; which is the key to
understanding the truth that humankind centers on the creation of the
universe, and the key to a return to the spiritual and moral values,
and finally the inclination to worship God the Almighty. The
international community must initiate collective moves to raise
awareness in the afflicted societies where the ignorance of racism
still prevails so as to bring to a halt the spread of these malicious

Dear friends, today the human community is facing a kind of racism
which has tarnished the image of humanity in the beginning of the
third millennium. The world Zionism personifies racism that falsely
resorts to religion and abuses religious sentiments to hide their
hatred and ugly faces. However, it is of great importance to bring
into focus the political goals of some of the world powers and those
who control huge economic resources and interests in the world. They
mobilize all their resources, including their economic and political
influence and world media to render support in vain to the Zionist
regime, and maliciously endeavor to diminish the indignity and
disgrace of this regime. This is not simply a question of ignorance,
and one cannot conquer this ugly phenomenon through cultural
campaigns. Efforts must be made to put an end to the abuse by
Zionists and their supporters of political and international means
and respect of the will and aspirations of nations. Governments must
be encouraged and supported in their fights aimed at eradicating this
barbaric racism [applause] and to move towards reforming … [applause]
… the current international mechanisms.

There is no doubt that you are all aware of the conspiracies of some
powers and Zionist circles against the goals and objectives of this
conference. Unfortunately, there has been literature and statements
in support of Zionism and their crimes, and it is the responsibility
of honorable representatives of nations to disclose these campaigns
which run counter to humanitarian values and principles. It should be
recognized that boycotting such a session as an outstanding
international capacity is a true indication of supporting the blatant
example of racism.

In defending human rights it is primarily important to defend the
rights of all nations to participate equally in all important
international decision making processes without the influence of
certain world powers. And secondly it is necessary to restructure the
existing international organizations and their respective
arrangements. Therefore this conference is a testing ground and the
world public opinion today and tomorrow will judge our decisions and
our actions [applause].

Mr. President. Mr President. Ladies and gentlemen. The world is going
through fundamental changes, radical fundamental changes. Power
relations have become so weak and fragile. The sounds of cracks in
the pillars of world oppression can now be heard. Major political and
economic structures are at the brink of collapse. Political and
security crises are on the rise. The worsening crises in the world
economy for which there can be seen no bright prospect, amply
demonstrate the rising tide of far reaching global changes. I have
repeatedly emphasized the need to change the wrong direction in which
the world has been managed today. And I have also warned of the dire
consequences of any delay in this crucial responsibility.

Now, in this [?] and valuable event, I would like to announce here to
all leaders thinkers, and to all nations of the world present in this
meeting and those who have a hunger for peace and economic well
being, that the management, the inequitable and unjust management of
the world, is now at the end of the road. This deadlock was
inevitable since the logic of this imposed management was oppressive.

The logic of collective management of world affairs is based on noble
aspirations which centers on human beings and the supremacy of the
Almighty God. Therefore it defies any policy or plan which goes
against the interest of nations. Victory of the right over the wrong
and establishment of a just world system have been promised by the
Almighty God and his messengers and it has been a shared goal of all
human beings from different societies and generations in the course
of history. Realization of such a future depends upon the knowledge
of the creation and the belief in the hearts of all the faithful
[applause]. The making of a global society is in fact the
accomplishment of a noble held in the establishment of a common
global system that will be run with the participation of all nations
of the world in all major and basic decision making processes and the
definite route to this sublime goal. Scientific and technical
capacities as well as communication technologies have created a
common and wider spread understanding of the world society and has
provided the necessary ground for a common system.

Now it is incumbent upon all intellectuals, thinkers, and policy
makers in the world to carry out their historical responsibility with
firm belief to this definite route, I also want to lay emphasis on
the fact that the western liberalism and capitalism, like communism,
has reached to its end since it has failed to perceive the truth of
the world and human[kind] as it is. It has imposed its own goals and
directions on human beings with no regard for human and divine
values, justice, freedom, love, or brotherhood; has based the living
on the intensive competition securing individual and collective
material interests.

Now we must learn from the past by initiating collective efforts by
dealing with present challenges, and in this connection and in
closing my remarks I wish to draw your kind attention to two
important points. One: It is absolutely possible to improve the
existing situation in the world. However, it must be noted that it
could only be achieved through the cooperation of all countries in
order to get the best out of existing capacities and resources in the
world. My participation in this conference is because of my
conviction of these important issues, as well as to our common
responsibility to defending the rights of nations /vis-a-vis/ the
sinister phenomenon of racism, and being with you, the thinkers of
the world. [Applause]

Two: Mindful of the inefficacy of the current international
political, economic, and security systems on the world scene, it is
necessary to focus on the divine and humanitarian values and by
referring to the true definition of human beings, and based upon
justice and respect for the rights of all people in all parts of the
world, and by acknowledging the past wrongdoings in the past dominant
management of the world undertake collective measures to reform the
existing structures. In this respect, it is crucially important to
reform the structure of the Security Council, including the
elimination of the discriminatory veto right … [applause] … and
change the current world and financial monetary systems. It is
evident that lack of understanding on the urgency for change is
equivalent to the much heavier costs of delay.

Dear friends, be aware that to move in the direction of justice and
human dignity is like the national rapid flow in the current of a
river. Let us not forget the essence of love and affection, the
promised bright future of human beings is a great asset that will
serve our purpose in keeping us together to build a new world and to
make the world a better place full of love fraternity and blessings;
a world devoid of poverty and hatred, [inaudible] the increasing
blessings of God Almighty and the righteous management of the perfect
human being. Let us all join hands in amity in playing our share in
the fulfillment such a decent new world.

I thank you Mr. President, Secretary General, and all distinguished
participants for having the patience to listen to me. Thank you very

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