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Ahmadinejad: Iran fighting a righteous battle with evil forces

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad displayed an even more unorthodox interpretation of global events than usual in Istanbul last night, after narrowly escaping a political crisis at home.

By Staff writer / May 10, 2011

Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad speaks during a news conference in Istanbul, Turkey, on Monday, May 9. Ahmadinejad is in Istanbul this week to attend the United Nations conference on Least Developed Countries.

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Leaving behind monumental political problems at home, Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad returned to the international stage this week with plenty of criticism and advice.

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He used the United Nations conference on Least Developed Countries in Istanbul to reinforce one of his familiar themes: that the capitalist global order is unjust, “failing,” and that Iran is willing to help reforge a new system.

But it was during Mr. Ahmadinejad’s hour-long press conference late on Monday that the Iranian president provided insight into his Manichean worldview, packed with vast conspiracies and vicious enemies that might appear to leave little room for compromise.

As a populist leader, Ahmadinejad has never shied away from words that grab headlines. But even for a man who has declared Iran to be a superpower "real and true," these latest pronouncements display an unorthodox interpretation of global events.

Ahmadinejad portrayed Iran as a cooperative nation of freedom and love and friendship, forced into a righteous battle against the eternally evil forces of global imperialism, led by the United States and Israel.

The Islamic Republic was fighting for justice and dignity, he said, while its enemies of 32 years were bent on keeping Iran – and all the Third World – as "exploited" and underdeveloped beggars dependent on the West.

The US Treasury "determines how we should live" with its control over the US dollar money supply, and dominance over most other currencies, Ahmadinejad stated.

In 2001, "under the pretext of Sept. 11" and the "slogan of terrorists hiding in our regions," he said, the US launched military action in Afghanistan and then Iraq.

"From the very beginning, it was clear to us ... that these military invasions are intended to save the dying economies of the United States," he claimed, according to an official simultaneous translation. In Afghanistan, the US took maps of the mineral-rich mines. And in Iraq the "first action" was to "dominate the oil and energy resources."

"Today their plans have failed; continuation of this strategy seems to be impossible in Afghanistan and Iraq," said Ahmadinejad. "Now they are coming up with a new plan ... to secure the interest of these capitalist nations."

And how will they do it?

"The main principal of the imperial-minded powers of the world is to create gap[s] among the nations," said Ahmadinejad. "They are going to incite sectarian and religious conflicts, because they want to buy time ... to continue their domination.... They are the enemies of humanity."

Refining anti-imperial, anti-Western themes

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