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    Attention Walkout at Iranian leaders speech.

    The BBC link never mentioned what he said about the Sep 11 attack though Unlike the BBC to censor stuff is it?

    The US delegation walked out of the 65th UN General Assembly yesterday in a protest against the Iranian president’s speech.
    Mahmoud Ahmadinejad repeated speculation that Americans were actually behind the September 11 terror attacks, staged in an attempt to assure Israel's survival.
    Mr Ahmadinejad said there were three theories about the September 11, 2001 attacks.
    First, that a “powerful and complex terrorist group” penetrated US intelligence and defences, he said.
    Second, “that some segments within the US government orchestrated the attack to reverse the declining American economy and its grips on the Middle East in order also to save the Zionist regime. The majority of the American people as well as other nations and politicians agree with this view”.
    The Americans stood and walked out without listening to the third theory that the attack was the work of “a terrorist group but the American government supported and took advantage of the situation”.
    Mark Kornblau, spokesman of the US Mission to the world body, issued a statement within moments of Mr Ahmadinejad's attack.
    “Rather than representing the aspirations and goodwill of the Iranian people,” he said,
    “Mr Ahmadinejad has yet again chosen to spout vile conspiracy theories and anti-Semitic slurs that are as abhorrent and delusional as they are predictable.”
    Earlier, Barack Obama staked his prestige on direct Middle East peace talks, telling world leaders in New York that he wants a permanent agreement finalised within 12 months that “will lead to a new member of the United Nations — an independent state of Palestine, living in peace with Israel”.
    In only his second speech to the UN General Assembly as US President, Mr Obama also told Iran that despite further international sanctions imposed in June because of the country's nuclear enrichment activities, “the door remains open to diplomacy”.
    The address, which also covered the world economy and climate change, was a fresh reminder that on the twin issues of Israeli-Palestinian relations and Iran, Mr Obama is facing challenges and opportunities that are likely to define his legacy on the world stage. Direct negotiations between the Palestinians and Israel finally resumed earlier this month.
    Mr Obama and the Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, now stand on the threshold of a historic breakthrough. But all could fall apart this weekend, as a moratorium set by Mr Netanyahu on new Jewish settlements in the occupied territories is due to expire. If Mr Netanyahu were to allow construction to resume, the talks would probably be over almost as quickly as they started.
    With Israeli diplomats absent from the hall because of a Jewish holiday, Mr Obama reiterated that such an outcome should not be allowed to happen.
    “Our position on this issue is well-known,” he said. “We believe that the moratorium should be extended. We also believe that talks should press on until completed.”
    Acknowledging that that there had “few peaks and many valleys” in the past 12 months, since Mr Obama called in the same chamber for an end to enmities in the Middle East, he said it was time to ignore the sceptics.
    “We can say that this time will be different — that this time we will not let terror, or turbulence, or posturing, or petty politics stand in the way,” he added.

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    Now the BBC report


    Diplomats have walked out of a UN anti-racism conference during a speech by the Iranian president in which he described Israel as "totally racist". Dozens of delegates got up and left, moments after two protesters wearing coloured wigs disrupted the start of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's speech.
    Diplomats who remained applauded as Mr Ahmadinejad continued his address.
    France said it was a "hate speech" and the US called it "vile". Some countries had boycotted the meeting altogether.
    The walkout is a public relations disaster for the United Nations, which had hoped the conference would be a shining example of what the UN is supposed to do best - uniting to combat injustice in the world, says the BBC's Imogen Foulkes in Geneva.
    UN dismay

    The walkout by delegates from at least 30 countries happened within minutes of the start of the speech.
    Most officials planned to return later to participate in the rest of the conference, although the Czech delegation announced it would join the boycott.
    One of the two protesters escorted out of the conference hall managed to throw a red clown's nose at the Iranian president, as they yelled "racist, racist" as he stood at the podium.
    Mr Ahmadinejad, the only major leader to attend the conference, said Jewish migrants from Europe and the United States had been sent to the Middle East after World War II "in order to establish a racist government in the occupied Palestine".
    He continued, through an interpreter: "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."
    French Ambassador Jean-Baptiste Mattei said: "As soon as he started to address the question of the Jewish people and Israel, we had no reason to stay in the room," the Associated Press news agency reported.

    British Ambassador Peter Gooderham, also among those who left, said "such inflammatory rhetoric has no place whatsoever in a United Nations conference addressing the whole issue of racism and how to address it."
    Speaking to the BBC Radio 4's PM programme, he said of the Iranian leader's accusation of Israeli racism: "That is a charge we unreservedly condemn and so we had no hesitation at that point in leaving the conference hall."
    The US, Israel, Canada, Australia, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland and New Zealand had all boycotted the conference being held in Geneva, in protest at Mr Ahmadinejad's appearance.
    His comments were described as "an absolute disgrace" by Israeli President Shimon Peres, attending a Holocaust Remembrance Day event in Jerusalem.
    Israel had earlier recalled its ambassador to Switzerland.
    Mr Ahmadinejad told a press conference after his speech that the countries boycotting the forum were showing "arrogance and selfishness".

    The US Deputy Ambassador to the UN, Alejandro Wolff, said the speech was "inaccurate", as well as showing disregard towards the UN, and "does a grave injustice to the Iranian nation and the Iranian people".
    Speaking at UN headquarters in New York, he said: "We call on the Iranian leadership to show much measured, moderate, honest and constructive rhetoric when dealing with issues in the region, and not this type of vile, hateful, inciteful speech."
    French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner had warned that French delegates would walk out if the forum was used as a platform to attack Israel.

    Speaking after the walkout, he said: "The defence of human rights and the fight against all types of racism are too important for the United Nations not to unite against all forms of hate speech, against all perversion of this message.
    "Faced with attitudes like that which the Iranian president has just adopted, no compromise is possible."
    UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has expressed dismay at the boycotts and the speech, saying Mr Ahmadinejad had used his speech "to accuse, divide and even incite".

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    Default Re: Walkout at Iranian leaders speech.

    Same as every year

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    Default Re: Walkout at Iranian leaders speech.

    Theory 3 is almost spot on though. Possibly.

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    Default Re: Walkout at Iranian leaders speech.

    Quote Originally Posted by BBK View Post
    Theory 3 is almost spot on though. Possibly.
    It is interesting that the Western powers filed out in disgust.. but the rest of the developing world listened with rapt attention. Ahmedinijad is doing what Chavez, Gadaffi, Castro et al have all done in the past.. and that is claim to speak up on behalf of the little man.

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