Full Text of Ahmadinejad's
to the UN General Assembly
By Haaretz Service
-- The following is a copy of Iranian
President Ahmadinejad's speech to the United Nations General
Assembly early Wednesday morning, as translated by the
Presidency of the Islamic Republic of Iran News Service:
Mr. President, E
I am grateful to the Almighty for granting me another
opportunity to be present in this world Assembly.
In the last three years, I have talked to you about great hopes
in the bright future of human society, and some solutions for
achieving sustainable peace and expanding love, compassion, and
I have also talked about unjust systems governing the world;
pressures exerted by some powers seeking to trample the rights
of other nations, oppression imposed on the majority of the
global community, especially on the people of Iraq, Palestine,
Lebanon, Africa, Latin America, and Asia; about challenges we
are faced with, such as efforts to shatter the sanctity of
families, destroy cultures, humiliate lofty values, neglect
commitments, expand the shadow of threats, as well as about the
arms race and the unfairness and inability of the systems
governing world affairs in reforming the status quo.
With the occurrence of various new developments, the debility of
existing mechanisms has been revealed even more. However, at the
same time, an encouraging trend, which has originated in the
thoughts and beliefs of peoples, has blossomed and become
stronger. Posed against the despairs caused by the new
developments, this trend has ignited the ray of hope for a
brilliant, desirable and beautiful future in the hearts of men.
Ladies and Gentlemen,
Today I would like to talk to you about the main reasons behind
the conditions ruling the world and the means to tackle them. Of
course, you are already aware of what I am talking about, but I
think it is necessary to remind ourselves.
It seems that the roots of problems lie in the way one views and
perceives the world and humankind, as well as in the important
issues of freedom, obeisance to God, and justice. The world,
humankind, freedom and obeisance to God, and justice, have been
of utmost importance to humans throughout history.
1. The World:
God Almighty purposefully created the world. This world is the
bedrock for the evolution and growth of a creature called man,
and the laws governing the world and all other creatures are at
the service of man's quest for loftiness. The world should
provide the needed opportunities for the fulfillment of the
purpose behind man's creation. No phenomenon, creature, or
indeed anything has been created in vain. Together they all pave
the ground for the flourishing of mankind in a complex and
purposeful system, and they are, each, one of the signs of God
Almighty. All are His creations and He is the sole creator and
ruler of the world. All existence including power, knowledge and
wealth come from Him.
God created the world for humans and humans for Himself. He
created humans from mud and in the soil, but He did not want
them to remain in the soil and with animal instincts. He kindled
the light of guidance in their souls and asked them to rise from
the soil to the heavens and to Him with the help of wisdom,
prophets and perfect men.
The world will ultimately disappear, but God has created man for
eternity and has made them a manifestation of Himself.
Creativity, mercifulness, kindness, knowledge, wisdom, zeal,
concealment of sins, splendor, justice, bounteousness,
generosity, greatness, love, glory, dignity, forgiveness,
insight, kingship and all other goodness and beauty are
attributes of God.
God has not created humans for aggression, bloodshed, rancor,
selfishness and destruction. He made humans His vicegerents on
earth and has asked them to, on the one hand, make earth prosper
by using their God-given potentials and to prepare the ground
for the growth of divine attributes in all humans, and to
provide all with a life full of beauty, amity, freedom, justice
and goodness; and on the other hand in pursuance of this path,
to prepare for a prosperous, everlasting life endowed by God's
God has obligated humans to live divinely and socially, for it
is only through social life and interactions with others that
divine attributes may emerge.
3. Obeisance to God:
God Almighty has tied their perfection and true freedom of
humans to their devotion and obedience to Himself. True freedom
and obedience to God are in balance and in fact are two sides of
the same coin.
Obeisance to God means confessing to monotheism and obeying His
commands, and to be free from ungodly worship.
Obeisance to God means the acceptance of the absolute truth, the
absolute light, and the absolute beauty.
Obeisance to God means abandoning selfishness and animal
instincts, power-seeking and aggression, surrendering to
righteousness, justice, love, and perfection.
And in this way, humans can achieve their true freedom and
flourish, they can grow and manifest divine attributes, have
affection for others, stand up for justice, and fear no power or
threat, and defend the oppressed. In such an environment, one's
freedom will not impinge on any others.
Contention and conflict are characteristic of materialistic
freedom and animal instinct. The essence of all divine religions
and obeisance to God and true freedom is disassociating from
oppressors and instead obeying and worshiping God, for:
- God is omniscient and knows all that is revealed or kept
secret, and He is kind and merciful.
- All creatures are humble before Him and resign to His will.
- God is alive and is the Creator of the universe and all life.
- God loves His creatures and desires nothing but goodness,
blessings, and perfection for them, and is against bullying,
injustice, selfishness and domination.
Justice is the foundation of the creation of humankind and the
whole universe. Justice is tantamount to placing every
phenomenon in its own place, and providing humans with
opportunities to actualize all their divine capabilities.
Without it, the order of the universe will collapse and the
opportunity for perfection will fade away. Without justice, it
would be impossible for human society to taste real peace,
beauty, joy and happiness. Justice is the main pillar of social
life and without it, social life cannot continue or grow.
Humans need to know God in order to realize a prosperous society
in this world as well as to strive for a beautiful eternal life,
and to this end they first have to know themselves and strive
for loftiness in themselves and their societies. However:
- as long as the world is construed as closed, limited and
- as long as eternal life is considered imaginary and illusory
and afterlife and the Judgment Day as well as reward and
punishment are thought of as fictional and unreal,
- as long as morals and commitment to them are called
backwardness, and immorality, lies, deceit and selfishness are
considered desirable, and humans are limited to a materialistic
life in this world,
- as long as attempts are made to replace obedience to God and
following His prophets and true freedom with servitude to
materialistic tendencies and animal instincts and servitude to
oppressing human beings, and contention reaches its pinnacle,
- as long as the aggressors, because of their financial,
political and propaganda powers, not only escape punishment but
even claim righteousness,
- and as long wars are started and nations are enslaved in order
to win votes in elections,
not only will the problems of the global community remain
unsolved, but they will be increasingly exacerbated.
Friends and Colleagues,
Let's look at the situation of the world today:
Iraq was attacked under the false pretext of uncovering weapons
of mass destruction and overthrowing a dictator. The dictator is
toppled and WMDs are not uncovered. A democratic government is
established by the votes of the people but, after 6 years, the
occupiers are still there. They insist on imposing colonial
agreements on the people of Iraq by keeping them under Chapter 7
of the UN Charter. Millions of people have been killed or
displaced, and the occupiers, without a sense of shame, are
still seeking to solidify their position in the political
geography of the region and to dominate oil resources.
They have no respect for the people of Iraq and disregard any
dignity, rights or status for them. The UN is not capable enough
to solve the problems and to remove aggression, occupation and
In Palestine, 60 years of carnage and invasion is still ongoing
at the hands of some criminal and occupying Zionists. They have
forged a regime through collecting people from various parts of
the world and bringing them to other people's land by
displacing, detaining, and killing the true owners of that land.
With advance notice, they invade, assassinate, and maintain food
and medicine blockades, while some hegemonic and bullying powers
support them. The Security Council cannot do anything and
sometimes, under pressure from a few bullying powers, even paves
the way for supporting these Zionist murderers. It is natural
that some UN resolutions that have addressed the plight of the
Palestinian people have been relegated to the archives
In Afghanistan, production of narcotics has multiplied since the
presence of NATO forces. Domestic conflicts continue. Terrorism
is spreading. And innocent people are bombarded on a daily basis
in streets, markets, schools and wedding ceremonies. The people
of Afghanistan are the victims of the willingness of NATO member
states to dominate the regions surrounding India, China, and
South Asia. The Security Council cannot do anything about it
because some of these NATO members also happen to be the major
decision makers in the Security Council.
In Africa, efforts are made to reestablish the relationships of
the colonial era. By starting civil wars in large countries
including Sudan, disintegration of those countries is planned in
order to serve the interests of some corrupt powers. In case
there is a national resistance, the leaders of the resistance
are put under pressure by legal mechanisms created by the very
In Latin America, people find their security, national interests
and cultures to be seriously endangered by the menacing shadow
of alien domineering governments, and even by the embassies of
The lives, properties and rights of the people of Georgia and
Ossetia and Abkhazia are victims of the tendencies and
provocations of NATO and certain western powers, and the
underhanded actions of the Zionists.
The never-ending arms race and the proliferation and stockpiling
of nuclear and other weapons of mass destruction and the threats
to use them, and the establishment of missile defense systems,
have made the situation unstable.
With regard to Iran's peaceful nuclear program, despite the
inalienable right of all nations including the Iranian nation,
in producing nuclear fuel for peaceful purposes, and despite
such facts as the transparency of all Iranian activities and our
country's full cooperation with the inspectors of the IAEA and
the Agency's repeated confirmation of the fact that Iran's
activities are peaceful, a few bullying powers have sought to
put hurdles in the way of the peaceful nuclear activities of the
Iranian nation by exerting political and economic pressures
against Iran, and also through threatening and pressuring the
These are the same powers that produce new generations of lethal
nuclear arms and possess stockpiles of nuclear weapons that no
international organization is monitoring; and, the tragedies of
Hiroshima and Nagasaki were perpetrated by one of them.
Indeed, they are not against weapons, but they oppose other
nations? progress, and tend to monopolize technologies and to
use those monopolies in order to impose their will on other
nations. But it is very natural that the great Iranian people,
with their trust in God, and with determination and
steadfastness and with the support of its friends, will resist
the bullying and has defended and will continue to defend its
The Iranian nation is for dialogue. But it has not accepted and
will not accept illegal demands. The time has come for the IAEA
to present a clear report to the international community on its
monitoring of the disarmament of these nuclear powers and their
nuclear activities, and for a disarmament committee to be
established by independent states to monitor the disarmament of
these nuclear powers.
The theories of development that are in line with the hegemonic
system and not in accordance with the true needs of humankind
and human societies, have turned into repetitive and bland tools
for assimilation of economies, expanding hegemonic domination,
destroying the environment and destroying the social solidarity
of nations. There is no end in sight to this. Poverty, hunger
and deprivation are hurting more than one billion of the world's
population and have dashed their hopes for a decent life.
The dignity, integrity and rights of the American and European
people are being played with by a small but deceitful number of
people called Zionists. Although they are a miniscule minority,
they have been dominating an important portion of the financial
and monetary centers as well as the political decision-making
centers of some European countries and the US in a deceitful,
complex and furtive manner. It is deeply disastrous to witness
that some presidential or premiere nominees in some big
countries have to visit these people, take part in their
gatherings, swear their allegiance and commitment to their
interests in order to attain financial or media support.
This means that the great people of America and various nations
of Europe need to obey the demands and wishes of a small number
of acquisitive and invasive people. These nations are spending
their dignity and resources on the crimes and occupations and
the threats of the Zionist network against their will.
Friends and Colleagues,
All these are due to the manner in which the immoral and the
powerful view the world, humankind, freedom, obeisance to God,
The thoughts and deeds of those who think they are superior to
others and consider others as second-class and inferior; who
intend to remain out of the divine circle, to be the absolute
slaves of their materialistic and selfish desires, who intend to
expand their aggressive and domineering natures, constitute the
roots of today's problems in human societies.
They are the great hindrances to the actualization of material
and spiritual prosperity and to security, peace and brotherhood
among nations. I explicitly state that the Iranian people and
the overwhelming majority of peoples and governments are against
those deeds and perspectives of the world- domineering powers.
Establishment of justice requires people who have achieved
moderation and justice inside themselves, and have restrained
their domineering attitudes and actualized their attributes of
self-sacrifice and are at the service of humanity. The complete
and full-scale manifestation of such characteristics can happen
only under the rule of the righteous and perfect human being who
is obedient to God and who is promised by the divine Prophets.
Of course with the grace of God Almighty a hopeful trend is
flourishing in the heart and soul of human societies. The
universal eagerness for justice, purity, and love for others,
monotheism and the quest for perfection is clearly and
increasingly on the rise. A universal resistance against the
acquisitiveness, aggression and selfishness of the bullying
powers is being formed.
Today, the bullying powers' thoughts, practices and strategies
are rejected by nations and governments, and all are seeking to
establish new human relations based on justice with a view to
attain prosperity, perfection, security, and sustainable
welfare. This is the very auspicious phenomenon that all the
traditions of creation and the ruling laws of the universe
emphasize and support.
Today, the Zionist regime is on a definite slope to collapse,
and there is no way for it to get out of the cesspool created by
itself and its supporters. The Islamic Republic of Iran, while
fully respecting the resistance of the oppressed people of
Palestine and expressing its all-out support for it, submits its
humane solution based on a free referendum in Palestine for
determining and establishing the type of state in the entire
Palestinian lands to the distinguished Secretary General of the
American empire in the world is reaching the end of its road,
and its next rulers must limit their interference to their own
borders. Today, the thought of hegemony quickly becomes a
And now a few words with the expansionist governments ruling
Be aware that living with obedience to God and carrying out His
orders, compassion for people and striving for the fulfillment
of justice is to your advantage too. I invite you to return to
the path of God, the Prophets and to the path of the people of
the world and to the truth and justice.
The only route to salvation is a divine straight path.
Otherwise, God's hand of power will emerge from the sleeve of
oppressed nations and will make your life difficult, and will
put an end to your hegemony.
Let's love the people of the world and respect their rights.
Rectify past behavior. This will benefit you and the human
community. The Iranian people are prepared, along with other
nations, to help you be rescued from your current situation and
to establish peace and prosperity.
Fortuitously, opportunities are accessible. With the grace of
God Almighty, the existing pillars of the oppressive system are
crumbling. Great developments in favor of humankind as well as
its true and real rights are on the way. A golden and brilliant
future is awaiting mankind.
A global community filled with justice, friendship, brotherhood
and welfare is at hand, as I have elaborated.
A community which will tread the path of beauty and love under
the rule of the righteous and perfect human being, the One
promised by all divine prophets and the One who is the true
lover of humanity. A community that will be devoid of any fear,
despair and privation. Such a community will soon be ours. The
community promised by the great divine Prophets Noah, Abraham,
Moses, Jesus Christ and Mohammad (PBUH) is about to materialize.
Let us, hand in hand, expand the thought of resistance against
evil and the minority of those who are ill-wishers. Let's
support goodness and the majority of people who are good and the
embodiment of absolute good that is the Imam of Time, The
Promised One who will come accompanied by Jesus Christ, and
accordingly design and implement the just and humanistic
mechanisms for regulating the constructive relationships between
nations and governments.
Oh great Almighty, deliver the savior of nations and put an end
to the sufferings of mankind and bring forth justice, beauty,
Let?s have a proper share in the establishment of that
illuminated and promised divine age
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