"The kuffar always fall for these projection games"
Patron of world terrorism, financier of Hamas and Hizballah, accuses the U.S. of being a patron of world terrorism. “Ahmadinejad likely to stir sanctions debate with address at U.N. nuke summit,” by Bridget Johnson for The Hill, May 2 (thanks to Weasel Zippers):
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will stir the already stormy debate over sanctions on Iran’s nuclear program when he pops in at the United Nations on Monday to address its nuclear nonproliferation conference.
Ahmadinejad’s sudden intention to attend caught many by surprise, and comes on the heels of the Islamic Republic’s vow last month to formally complain to the U.N. that President Barack Obama was threatening Iran.
What a ludicrous idea. I wonder if he himself believes it.
Before leaving Tehran on Sunday, Ahmadinejad gave a glimpse into the tone he would likely be taking into the U.N. “We have documents that prove [Washington] is the root of world terrorism,” Ahmadinejad said in a speech Saturday, according to Iran’s Press TV. “It has been aiding and abetting extremist groups over the past years.”
Iranian media outlets reported Ahmadinejad saying that he was coming to the U.S. with the goal of global nuclear disarmament, criticizing the International Atomic Energy Agency for not reaching this goal and lamenting that nuclear weapons have posed “the single greatest threat” to the world for more than 60 years.
“I don’t know what he’s showing up for,” Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Sunday on “Meet the Press.”
“If Iran is coming to say we’re willing to abide by the Non-Proliferation Treaty that would be very welcome news,” Clinton said. “I have a feeling that’s not what they’re coming to do. I think they’re coming to try to divert attention and confuse the issue.”
What was your first clue?
Lawmakers had swiftly sounded off about the visit, admonishing Clinton to not allow Ahmadinejad in the country.
“This is preposterous, and allowing it to happen will make a mockery of the effort to stop the spread of nuclear weapons to rogue states and terrorist groups,” a group of 14 Republican senators led by John Cornyn (Texas) wrote to Clinton on Friday. “There is simply no compelling reason for Ahmadinejad to be allowed to enter the United States.”
In the lower chamber, Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.) led a similar yet bipartisan letter.
“Make no mistake: Ahmadinejad’s attendance will make a mockery of a conference meant to stop the proliferation of nuclear weapons,” the lawmakers wrote. “…The U.S. must not allow this dangerous tyrant to use our freedoms and our obligations as a host country for the UN to force himself upon our country to spread his message of hate and violence.”…
Reps. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.) and Mike Pence (R-Ind.) sent a letter to Obama on April 19 with 366 House signatures calling on the president to “fulfill your June 2008 pledge that you would do ‘everything in my power to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon'” and urging Obama to use whatever presidential powers at his means to impose “punishing measures” on Tehran.
The letter, to which Obama has not yet issued a response, according to Jackson’s office late Friday, also asks the president to “rapidly” implement the sanctions legislation — passed in December by the House and the following month by the Senate — when it comes out of conference….