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Full text of Ahmadinejad's speech to the UN General Assembly and POLL


Source: UN
Permanent Mission to the United Nations
64th Session of the United Nations General Assembly

23 September 2009

In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

"All praise be to Allah, the Lord of the Universe, and peace and blessing
be upon our Master and Prophet, Mohammad, and his pure Household,
and his noble Companions"

"Oh, God, hasten the arrival of Imam Al-Mahdi and grant him good
health and victory and make us his followers and those who attest to his

Mr. President,
Ladies and gentlemen,

I thank the Almighty God for granting me, once more, this opportunity to
address this important international meeting.

I wish to begin by congratulating you, Mr. President, for having assumed the
presidency of the 64th Session of the UN General Assembly and wish you all the
success. I also extend my thanks to H.E. Mr. Miguel d'Escoto Brockmann, President
of the 63rd Session of the General Assembly, for his excellent stewardship of the
work of the General Assembly during his term.

Over the past four years I have talked to you concerning the main challenges
facing our world. I have talked about the roots and underlying causes of these
challenges and the need for the world powers to review their outlook and workout
new mechanisms to address the pressing international problems. I have talked about
the two conflicting outlooks prevailing in our world; one that is based on the
predominance of its materialistic interests through spreading inequality and
oppression, poverty and deprivation, aggression, occupation and deception, and tends
to bring the entire world under its control and impose its will on other nations. This
outlook has produced nothing but frustration, disappointment and a dark future for the
entire humanity.

The other outlook is the one that spouses with the belief in the oneness of the
Almighty God, follows the teaching of His messengers, respects human dignity and
seeks to build a secure world for all members of the human community, in which
everybody can equally enjoy the blessings of sustainable peace and spirituality. The
latter is an outlook that respects all human beings, nations, and valuable cultures in
defiance of all types of discrimination in the world, and commits itself into a constant
fight to promote equality for all before the law on the basis of justice and fraternity,
laying a solid foundation to guarantee equal access for all human beings in their quest
to excel in knowledge and science.

I have laid emphasis time and again on the need to make fundamental changes
in the current attitudes towards the world and the human being in order to be able to
create a bright tomorrow.

Friends and Colleagues;

Today, I wish to share with you a few points about the changes that should
take place.


Clearly, continuation of the current circumstances in the world is impossible.
The present inequitable and unfavorable conditions run counter to the very nature of
human kind and move in a direction which contravenes the truth and the goal behind
the creation of the world.

It is no longer possible to inject thousands of billions of dollars of unreal wealth
to the world economy simply by printing worthless paper assets, or transfer inflation
as well as social and economic problems to others through creating sever budget
deficits. The engine of unbridled capitalism with its unfair system of thought has
reached the end of road and is unable to move. The era of capitalist thinking and
. imposition of one's thoughts on the international community, intended to predominate
the world in the name of globalization and the age of setting up empires is over. It is
no longer possible to humiliate nations and impose double standard policies on the
world community.

Approaches in which realization of the interests of certain powers is considered
as the only criteria to weigh democracy, and using the ugliest methods of intimidation
and deceit under the mantle of freedom as a democratic practice, and approaches
through which sometimes dictators are portrayed as democrats, lack legitimacy and
must be totally rejected.

The time has come to an end for those who define democracy and freedom and
set standards whilst they themselves are the first who violate its fundamental
principles. They can no longer sit both the judge and the executor and challenge the
real democratically- established governments.

The awakening of nations and the expansion of freedom worldwide will no
longer allow them to continue their hypocrisy and vicious attitudes. Because of all
these reasons most nations including the people of the Untied States are waiting for
real and profound changes. They have welcomed and will continue to welcome

How can one imagine that the inhuman policies in Palestine may continue; to
force the entire population of a country out of their homeland for more than 60 years
by resorting to force and coercion; to attack them with all types of arms and even
prohibited weapons; to deny them of their legitimate right of self-defense, while much
to the chagrin of the international community calling the occupiers as the peace lovers,
and portraying the victims as terrorists.

How can the crimes of the occupiers against defenseless women and children
and destruction of their homes, farms, hospitals and schools be supported
unconditionally by certain governments, and at the same time, the oppressed men and
women be subject to genocide and heaviest economic blockade being denied of their
basic needs, food, water and medicine.

They are not even allowed to rebuild their homes which were destroyed during
the 22-day barbaric attacks by the Zionist regime while the winter is approaching.
Whereas the aggressors and their supporters deceitfully continue their rhetoric in
defense of human rights in order to put others under pressure.

It is no longer acceptable that a small minority would dominate the politics,
economy and culture of major parts of the world by its complicated networks, and
establish a new form of slavery, and harm the reputation of other nations, even
European nations and the U.S., to attain its racist ambitions.

It is not acceptable that some who are several thousands of kilometers away
from the Middle East would send their troops for military intervention and for
spreading war, bloodshed, aggression, terror and intimidation in the whole region
while blaming the protests of nations in the region, that are concerned about their fate
and their national security, as a move against peace and as interference in others'
affairs. Look at the situations in Iraq and Afghanistan.

It is no longer possible to bring a country under military occupation in the
name of fight against terrorism and drug trafficking while the production of illicit
drugs has multiplied, terrorism has widened its dimensions and has tightened its grips,
thousands of innocent people have been killed, injured or displaced, infrastructures
have been destroyed and regional security has been seriously jeopardized; and those

who have created the current disastrous situation continue to blame others. How you
can talk about friendship and solidarity with other nations while you expand your
military bases in different parts of the world including in Latin America. This
situation cannot continue. It is all the more impossible to advance expansionist and
inhuman policies on the basis of militaristic logic. The logic of coercion and
intimidation will produce dire consequences, exacerbating the present global

It is not acceptable that the military budget of some governments exceeds far
larger than those of the entire countries of the world. They export billions of dollars
of arms every year, stockpile chemical and biological weapons, establish military
bases or have military presence in other countries while accusing others of militarism,
and mobilize all their resources in the world to impede scientific and technological
progress of other nations under the pretext of countering arms proliferation.
It is not acceptable that the United Nations and the Security Council, whose
decisions must represent all nations and governments by the application of the most
democratic methods in their decision making processes, be dominated by a few
governments and serve their interests. In a world where cultures, thoughts and public
opinions should be the determining factors, the continuation of the present situation is
impossible, and fundamental changes seem to be unavoidable.

Persian Text Source: ISNA


Any change must be structural and fundamental both in theory and practice,
involving all domains of our life. The outdated mechanisms which themselves were
instrumental in and the root cause for present problems in human societies can never
be used to bring changes and create our desired world. Liberalism and capitalism that
have alienated human beings from heavenly and moral values will never bring
happiness for humanity because they are the main source of all misfortune wars,
poverty and deprivation.

We have all seen that how the inequitable economic structures controlled by
certain political interests have been used to plunder national wealth of countries for
the benefit of a group of corrupt business giants. The present structures are incapable
of reforming the present situation.

The political and economic structures created following the World War II that
was based on intentions to dominate the world failed to promote justice and lasting

Rulers whose hearts do not beat for the love of humankind and who sacrificed
the spirit of justice in their minds never offer the promise of peace and friendship to
humanity. By the grace of God, Marxism is gone. It is now history. The expansionist
Capitalism will certainly have the same fate. Because based on the divine traditions
referred to as a principle in the Holy Quran, the wrong like the bubbles on the surface
of water, will disappear. There remains only what that can be used forever towards the
interest of human societies.

We must all remain vigilant to prevent the pursuit of colonialist, discriminatory
and inhuman goals under the cover of the slogans for change and in new formats. The
world needs to undergo fundamental changes and all must engage collectively to
make them happen in the right direction, and through such efforts no one and no
government would consider itself an exception to change or superior to others and try
to impose its will on others by proclaiming world leadership.


All problems existing in our world today emanate from the fact that rulers
have distanced themselves from human values, morality and the teachings of divine
messengers. Regrettably, in the current international relations, selfishness and
insatiable greed have taken the place of such humanitarian concepts as love, sacrifice,
dignity, and justice. The belief in the One God has been replaced with selfishness.
Some have taken the place of God and insist to impose their values and wishes on
others. Lies have taken the place of honesty; hypocrisy has replaced integrity and
selfishness has taken the place of sacrifice. Deception in interactions is called
foresight and statesmanship; looting the wealth of other nations is called development
efforts; occupation is introduced as a gift towards promotion of freedom and
democracy, and defenseless nations are subjected to repression in the name of
defending human rights.

Friends and Colleagues;

Settlement of global problems and administration of justice and maintenance of
peace will only be materialized with collective determination and cooperation of all
nations and states. The age of polarizing the world on the premises of the hegemony
or domination of a few governments is over.

Today we must rise together in a collective commitment against the present
challenges; we must take change seriously and help others through collective work to
return to the basic moral and human values. Messengers were sent by God to show the
light of the truth to human kind, they came to make people aware of their individual
and social obligations. Piety, having faith to Allah and its judgment of human
behavior or conduct in the next world, belief in the primacy of justice in both lives,
seeking one's happiness, well being and security in the happiness, well-being and
security of others, respecting human kind, making efforts to expand love and
compassion against hostility were all on top of the teachings offered by the
Messengers of God from Adam to Noah, from Noah to Abraham, Moses, Jesus Christ
and the last one Prophet Mohamamd (PUH). All of them came to do something to
eliminate war and ignorance, to eradicate poverty and uproot discrimination in order
to spread happiness in the entire world. They are the best gifts that God Almighty has
granted to human beings.

If the belief in Entezar( A waiting patiently for the Imam to return) will turn into a
common and we join hands to achieve prosperity for all, then there will be more real
and increasing hopes for reform.




In my opinion, we have several important agendas in front of us. The Secretary-
General and the UN General Assembly can take the lead by undertaking necessary
measures for the fulfillment of our shared goals on the basis of:

  1. Restructuring the United Nations in order to transform this world body to

    an efficient and fully democratic organization, capable of playing an

    impartial, equitable, and effective role in the international relations;

    reforming the structure of the Security Council, specially by abolishing the

    discriminatory privilege of veto right; restoration of the inalienable rights

    of the Palestinian people by organizing a referendum and free elections in

    Palestine in order to prepare a conducive ground for all Palestinian

    populations, including Muslims, Christians and Jews to live together in

    peace and harmony; putting an end to all types of interferences in the

    affairs of Iraq, Afghanistan, Middle East, and in all countries in Africa,

    Latin America, Asia and Europe.

    As our great Prophet said, a government may survive with blasphemy, but never

    with oppression. Oppression against Palestinians and violation of their rights still

    continue; a new group of Palestinians who lived in al-Qod al-Sharif were again forced

    out of their homes as the destruction of their residential homes continues by the

    occupiers; bombings in Afghanistan and Pakistan have not yet sopped; and

    Guantanamo Prison has not yet been shut down and there are still secret prisons in


    Continuation of the present situation adds to hostilities and violence.

    Oppression and military aggression must be stopped. Regrettably, official reports

    concerning the brutalities of the Zionist regime in Gaza have not been completely

    published. The Secretary-General and the United Nations have crucial responsibilities

    in this respect and the international community is impatiently waiting for the

    punishment of the aggressors and the murderers of the defenseless people of Gaza.

  2. Reforming the current economic structures and setting up a new

    international economic order based on human and moral values and

    obligations. A new course is needed that would help promote justice and

    progress worldwide by flourishing the potentials and talents of all nations

    thus bringing well-being for all and for future generations;

  3. Reforming the international political relations based on the promotion of

    lasting peace and friendship, eradication of arms race and elimination of

    all nuclear, chemical and biological weapons;

  4. Reforming cultural structures , respect for diverse customs and traditions

    of all nations, fostering moral values and spirituality aimed at institution of

    family as the backbone of all human societies;

  5. Worldwide efforts to protect the environment and full observance of the

    international agreements and arrangements to prevent the annihilation of

    nature's non-renewable resources.


Our nation has successfully gone through a glorious and fully- democratic
election, opening a new chapter for our country in the march towards national
progress and enhanced international interactions. They entrusted me once more with
a large majority this heavy responsibility.

And now, I want to declare that our great nation that has made great contribution
to the world civilization, and the Islamic Republic of Iran as one of the most
democratic and progressive governments of the world is ready to mobilize all its
cultural, political and economic capabilities to engage into constructive process aimed
at addressing the international concerns and challenges. Our country has been a main
victim of terrorism and the target of an all-out military aggression during the first
decade of the revolution.

All through the past thirty years we have been subject to hostile attitudes of those
who supported Saddam's military aggression and his use of chemical weapons against
us, and then they took military action in Iraq to get rid of him. Today, our nation
seeks to create a world in which justice and compassion prevail. We announce our
commitment to participate in the process of building a durable peace and security
worldwide for all nations based on justice, spirituality and human dignity, while being
dedicated to strongly defending our legitimate and legal rights.

To materialize these goals, our nation is prepared to warmly shake all those hands
which are honestly extended to us. No nation can claim to be free from the need to
change and reform in this journey towards perfectness. We welcome real and humane
changes and stand ready to actively engage in fundamental global reforms.

Therefore, we emphasize that:

The only path to remain safe is to return to Mmonotheism (believing in the
Oneness of God) and justice, and this is the greatest hope and opportunity in all ages
and generations. Without belief in God and commitment to the cause of justice and
fight against injustice and discrimination, the world architect would not get right.

Man is at the center of the universe. The man's unique feature is his humanity.
The same feature which seeks for justice, piety, love, knowledge, awareness and all
other high values. These human values should be supported, and each and every
fellow humans should be given the opportunity to acquire them. Neglecting any of
them is tantamount to the omission of a constituting piece of humanity. These are
common elements which connect all human communities and constitute the basis of
peace, security and friendship.

The divine religions pay attention to all aspects of human life, including
obedience to God, morality, justice, fighting oppression, and endeavor to establish just
and good governance. Prophet Abraham called for Oneness of God against Nimrod,
as Prophet Moses did the same against Pharaohs and the Jesus Christ and Prophet
Muhammad (Peace be upon them) did against the oppressors of their own time. They
were all threatened to death and were forced out of their homelands.
Without resistance and objection, the injustices would not be removed from the
face of the earth.


Dear friends and colleagues;

The world is in continuous change and evolution. The promised destiny for the
mankind is the establishment of the humane pure life. Will come a time when justice
will prevail across the globe and every single human being will enjoy respect and
dignity. That will be the time when the Mankind's path to moral and spiritual
perfectness will be opened and his journey to God and the manifestation of the God's
Divine Names will come true. The mankind should excel to represent the God's
"knowledge and wisdom", His "compassion and benevolence", His "justice and
fairness", His "power and art", and His "kindness and forgiveness".

These will all come true under the rule of the Perfect Man, the last Divine
Source on earth, Hazrat Mahdi (Peace be upon him); an offspring of the Prophet of
Islam, who will re-emerge, and Jesus Christ (Peace be upon him) and other noble men
will accompany him in the accomplishment of this, grand universal mission. And this
is the belief in Entezar (Awaiting patiently for the Imam to return). Waiting with
patience for the rule of goodness and the governance of the Best which is a universal
human notion and which is a source of nations' hope for the betterment of the world.

They will come, and with the help of righteous people and true believers will
materialize the man's long-standing desires for freedom, perfectness, maturity,
security and tranquility, peace and beauty. They will come to put an end to war and
aggression and present the entire knowledge as well as spirituality and friendship to
the whole world.

Yes; Indeed, the bright future for the mankind will come.

Dear friends,

In waiting for that brilliant time to come and in a collective commitment, let's
make due contributions in paving the grounds and preparing the conditions for
building that bright future.

Long live love and spirituality; long live peace and security; long live justice and

God's Peace and blessing be upon you all.

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