Needless to say, this kind of conspiracy paranoia and nuclear weapons do not go together very well. “HIV created by West to enfeeble third world, claims Mahmoud Ahmadinejad,” by Ahmad Vahdat for the Telegraph, January 18:
The radical Iranian leader added to his reputation for outlandish statements with the clam that African states were being false [sic] told that immoral behaviour was the source of epidemics.
His language seems like it would downplay the spread of the virus through heterosexual acts, which are the main vehicle for the spread of the HIV virus in Africa:
“Today there is this outstanding question that why so many killer viruses, including the HIV virus, have spread all over the world. Many so-called experts say the spread has come as a result of vices and immoralities but we see that in the centre of the places that these viruses have emerged these immoral acts have not been reported,” he said. “Then how is it that at the same time in some African countries they find these viruses?
Sure. Nobody’s spreading the virus through sexual activity of any kind. Just like he said there are no gay people in Iran. Is he saying there aren’t any in Africa, either?
“It is obvious that the African countries must be plundered of their wealth and resources. The major powers and despots are behind the development of these diseases so they could then sell their drugs and medical equipment to the poor countries”.
IranÂ¹s Health Minister Fatemeh Vahid Dastjerdi has also said that IranÂ¹s profit margin from its oil production is only five percent of its total sale price, whereas pharmaceutical firmsÂ¹ profits is 20 percent for each drug they sell.
President Ahmadinejad has previously said that Israel in its present form should be wiped off the face of the map and suggested that the September 11 attacks on the US were planned from within.