Obama’s response was amateurish: Ahmadinejad
September 26, 2010
TEHRAN - Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says U.S. President Barack Obama’s response to his comments about the 9/11 incidents was amateurish.Ahmadinejad had said that most people believe the U.S. government was behind the 9/11 attacks.
In an interview with BBC Persian Television on Friday, Obama described the Iranian president’s recent remarks on the 9/11 incidents as “hateful” and “offensive”.
In an address at the annual United Nations General Assembly session in New York on Thursday, Ahmadinejad criticized the U.S.-led wars against Iraq and Afghanistan, saying the U.S. government might have orchestrated the 9/11 attacks to justify its invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq and also to reverse the decline in the U.S. economy.
He called on the United Nations to establish an independent fact-finding committee to investigate the 9/11 attacks.
“The fact-finding mission can shed light on who the perpetrators were, who al-Qaeda is, where it exists, and who supported it,” the Iranian president told reporters on Friday.
If the U.S. government has conclusive evidence showing terrorists committed the 9/11 attacks, it should submit it to the fact-finding committee, so that all countries can participate in the campaign against terrorism, Ahmadinejad said at Mehrabad airport in Tehran on Saturday.
“If the 9/11 black box is analyzed, the root cause of many problems in our region will be revealed,” he noted.
Elsewhere in his remarks, Ahmadinejad censured the United States for its military approach toward Iraq and Afghanistan, saying it does not value the lives of civilians.
“You completely bombard a village in Afghanistan and when you are asked for an explanation, your answer is, ‘Because there was a terrorist hiding among the people,’” he added.
He also criticized the current world order, saying the colonialist powers have taken advantage of popular slogans like democracy, freedom, and human rights in order to plunder other nations’ wealth.
The Islamic Republic of Iran is thus opposed to the way the world’s affairs are run and views this as the root cause of all problems facing the world today, he added.
“The unilateral structures of the world’s decision-making bodies give certain groups the exclusive right to violate the rights of other nations. They can make any decision they want… even if that decision undermines the independence, sovereignty, lives, and property of a nation,” the Iranian president stated