(NEW YORK) — In a fiery speech to the United Nations General Assembly, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad railed Wednesday against the United States and European Union, whom he said have “have entrusted themselves to the devil.”
The Assembly hall was not full when Ahmadinejad spoke. The United States delegation to the United Nations, along with Israel’s delegation, boycotted Ahmadinejad’s speech to protest the anti-Israel views Ahmadinejad has perpetuated this week during a spurt of media interviews.
The Iranian leader, who has repeatedly called for the destruction of Israel and denied the existence of the Holocaust, spoke Wednesday on one of Judaism’s holiest days, Yom Kippur. During his speech he referred to Israelis as “uncivilized Zionists.”
Ahmadinejad had a list of complaints about the U.S. and Europe.
He called for a “new world order” and said that allowing five countries to have veto power at the U.N. Security Council was “in no way acceptable.” The United States, Russia, China, Britain and France have the power to veto resolutions.
“The current abysmal situations of the world are due mainly to the wrong leadership of the world who have entrusted themselves to the devil,” he said, referring to America’s commanding position in world affairs.
He condemned the current U.S. presidential election for spending “hundreds of millions on election campaigns” and not listening to the “will and views of the masses.”
“In the United States and in Europe their voices are not heard even if they constitute 99 percent of the societies,” he said. “Human and ethical values are sacrificed in order to win worlds.”
Ahmadinejad also dubbed capitalism a “failed practice” that is “bogged down in a self made quagmire and has unleashed a deadlock and has not been able to come up with any solution to the economic and social problems of the world.”
In addition, he criticized the United States for “throwing” Osama bin Laden “into the sea without military trial,” referring to the U.S. disposal of bin Laden’s body off of a U.S. warship following Muslim prayers.
Ahmadinejad did not talk about his country’s nuclear program, which has aligned the U.S., the E.U. and the U.N. against his country with a series of stringent sanctions intended to dissuade Iran from developing a nuclear weapon.
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