He sees the weakness of the democracies, just as Osama bin Laden did after the Black Hawk incident, and just as Adolf Hitler did in the 1930s. From Iran Focus, with thanks to Jihad Watch News Editor Eric Schwappach:
Tehran, Iran, Oct. 24 — Iran’s hard-line President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad charted an intransigent course for his country”s controversial nuclear program and mocked the West’s response to the recent resumption of nuclear activities by Iran, which was sharply condemned in a European-sponsored resolution by the board of governors of the United Nations nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency.
Speaking at a gathering of university students in Tehran, Ahmadinejad said of the West’s response, “At first, they made a lot of noise about it, but gradually they were made to sit down quietly”….
“The Islamic Republic reached the conclusion that continuing the status quo was harmful to our national security”, he said.
“The more we retreated, the more they stepped forward, to the extent that Mohammad ElBaradei, the secretary general of the [International Atomic Energy] Agency [IAEA] recently told us, “˜They don’t want you to have nuclear technology”.”, Ahmadinejad said, referring to the now suspended negotiations between Iran and the European trio of France, Germany, and the United Kingdom.
“Why should we give in?” the ultra-Islamist president asked. “Where does it say in our laws that we have to beg the Europeans for our rights?”
Ahmadinejad expressed confidence that the West will be forced to retreat in the face of the Iranian regime’s uncompromising stance, and he indicated that his government was emboldened by what it perceived as the West’s “feeble” reaction.
“God willing, the West will accept our position since Iran’s political power in the world is very great and in certain regions unrivalled. We need the world but we have shown that we can achieve development without them”.