Monday, October 6, 2008
Mr. Ahmadinejad Spoke at UN General Assembly
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On Tuesday, September 23, in his speech at the UN General Assembly, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad accused the Zionists (referring to Israel) of "murdering" the Palestinians, of controlling the international financial system, and of being "deceitful" in a "complex" and "furtive" manner. In his speech, he also said that "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."
I saw this first on Ynetnews.com, an Israeli news site. In her article, "Peres: Ahmadinejad's UN speech a shame," Dana Zimmerman cites Israeli President Peres' severe criticism of Mr. Ahmadinejad's words. He, in turns, attacks Iran: "Tehran combines long range missiles and short range minds. It is pregnant with tragedies."
According to Mr. Peres,"Yesterday, on this very stage, the Iranian leader renewed the darkest anti-Semitic libel."
If you just read this article, you would definitely disagree with Mr. Ahmadinejad. You would even say that his words are terribly vicious, trying to brainwash some people. But in a dinner in New York on Thursday with around 200 people, he was making his point, that he was not against the Jews, but the Zionist party. According to Mr. Ahmadinejad, "Zionism is a political party that has nothing to do with Jewish people."
The interesting fact is that this was confirmed by Ynetnews 3 days later after his speech at UN.
I think everyone, including political leaders and journalists, have their own beliefs. Ahmadinejad might not have expressed his beliefs in the most appropriate way, and might not have clarified it during his speech that he wasn't against the Jews in general, but rather against the regime. It's hard to argue whether he was just expressing his views and beliefs, and what he really thinks is right and wrong; or he was trying to use propaganda to persuade people to believe the way he does. However, the job of the journalists is to report news correctly, not to interpret things in their own way, or using somebody else's words to tell their own views, because that person's interpretation may not be correct neither.