Jan. 29, 2011
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad declared that the Islamic Republic has moved past the West and is on a mission to establish peace and justice in the world.
Speaking to the staff and officials of the Iran Cultural-Press Institute (ICPI) at the presidential compound in Tehran on Thursday, Ahmadinejad said, "The Iranian nation has moved past the arrogant powers and is on track to establish universal justice,” www.president.ir reported.
The president described the current juncture as the most sensitive, noting that the Iranian nation, has undertaken a grave mission (to establish global justice) and does not fear the enemies’ threats.
Also in his remarks, which came at the 17th anniversary of ICPI’s establishment, the president said hegemonic powers--through their controlled mainstream media--has manufactured lies and imposed the most illogical political system on the world for an entire century.
"Independent and free media, namely the Iran newspaper, are at the frontline of those (media) seeking justice and should propagate the independent and justice-seeking countries’ message in the best possible manner and also in a different model from the one that the West uses in presenting its news and values,” he said.
"Iran now has a historical and international responsibility. Today, no one doubts the fact that the Iranian nation has grown to carry out its historical mission in this sensitive period.”
Elsewhere in his statements, the president said, "The world arrogant powers have for the past 100 years distorted values under the guise of nice wordings and values such as freedom and democracy.”
He then described the current global hegemony as incomparable in terms of savagery as well as political, economic and military power.
"They have killed over 100 million people in just two (world) wars,” he said.
Referring to the US-led occupation of Afghanistan and Iraq in 2001 and 2003 respectively as well as the Vietnam war in the late 1960s and 1970s, the chief executive said, "The (arrogant powers) have killed over one million people in the Afghanistan and Iraq wars, and also massacred two million people in the Vietnam War.”
"Also during the Algerian War, they (the West) killed over 2 million Algerians. All these crimes demonstrate the criminal and inhuman nature of the world arrogant powers,” Ahmadinejad said.
The Algerian War was a conflict between France and Algerian independence movements from 1954 to 1962, which led to Algeria’s independence from France.
The president criticized the West’s economic hegemony and said the United States alone has stolen over $30 trillion from other countries in recent years by misusing the global economic system--which was set up by arrogant powers in the first place and by controlling global financial organizations such as the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank.
Ahmadinejad rejected the western claims that their ruling systems are based on democracy.
"There are only 3 or 4 political parties in those countries, which are always at the helm of power and democracy means nothing to them but a tool to deceive the world nations.”
At the end, the president appreciated the efforts of ICPI and urged its affiliated newspapers such as the English-language Iran Daily and Arabic Al-Vefaq to be published in more countries than those that are being published. Iran Daily is published in Iran and Turkey, while Al-Vefaq is printed in the Islamic Republic as well as a number of Arab states.