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Monday, September 24, 2007

Sick, Gary and Why Mahmoud Speaks at Columbia

Dr. Gary Sick is the driving force behind the invitation to the Islamic Republic of Iran’s president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad at Columbia University, according to Hassan Daioleslam at American Chronicle:

Iran's President Mahmood Ahmadinejad is scheduled to speak at Columbia University on Monday September 24th. This arrangement is not accidental. The event would have not been possible without the tireless and focused efforts of the well known Tehran advocate Dr. Gary Sick, an influential figure in Columbia.”

From Realite EU an offering of utterances from the Iranian leader:

Religious extremism and martyrdom:

"We don't shy away from declaring that Islam is ready to rule the world.“ 1

"The wave of the Islamist revolution will soon reach the entire world." 2

"Our revolution's main mission is to pave the way for the reappearance of the Twelfth Imam, the Mahdi." 3

“Soon Islam will become the dominating force in the world, occupying first place in the number of followers amongst all other religions.” 4

“Is there a craft more beautiful, more sublime, more divine, than the craft of giving yourself to martyrdom and becoming holy? Do not doubt, Allah will prevail, and Islam will conquer mountain tops of the entire world.” 5

"What is important is that they have shown the way to martyrdom which we must follow.'' 6 [President Ahmadinejad’s comments on an aircraft crash in Tehran that killed 108 people in December 2005].

Ahmadinejad praises Iran for being able to recruit thousands of suicide bombers a day. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad praised his country's ability to recruit "hundreds of suicide bombers a day," saying "suicide is an invincible weapon. Suicide bombers in this land showed us the way, and they enlighten our future.“ Amadinejad said the will to commit suicide was "one of the best ways of life." 7

“This regime (Israel) will one day disappear.” 8

“The Zionist regime is a rotten, dried tree that will be eliminated by one storm.” 9

Israel is "a disgraceful stain on the Islamic world" 10

Israel is doomed to be "wiped from the map" in "a war of destiny." 11

Ahmadinejad said that "the countdown for the destruction of Israel" has begun. 12

Zionists are „the personification of Satan.“ 13

"In the case of any unwise move by the fake regime of Israel, Iran's response will be so destructive and quick that this regime will regret its move for ever." 14

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad declared that the Holocaust is a “myth.” 15

“Them (the West) invented the myth of the massacre of the Jews and placed it above Allah, religions and prophets.” 16

Iran, its nuclear ambitions and sanctions:

“By the grace of Allah, we (will be) a nuclear power.” 17

Ahmadinejad fired off a fresh barrage of warnings to the United Nations, saying Iran did "not give a damn" about demands to freeze sensitive nuclear work. 18

"Iran does not give a damn about resolutions." 19

"The Islamic republic of Iran has the capacity to quickly become a world superpower. If we believe in ourselves... no other power can be compared to us.“ 20

"Iran's enemies know your courage, faith and commitment to Islam and the land of Iran has created a powerful army that can powerfully defend the political borders and the integrity of the Iranian nation and cut off the hand of any aggressor and place the sign of disgrace on their forehead." 21

"Our enemies should know that they are unable to even slightly hurt our nation and they cannot create the tiniest obstacle on its glorious and progressive way." 22

“In parallel to the official political war there is a hidden war going on and the Islamic states should benefit from their economic potential to cut off the hands of the enemies.” 23


1 Naïm, Mouna, “Damas et Téhéran entendent "résister" ensemble,” Le Monde, January 21st, 2006

2 Pryce-Jones, David, “A Particular Madness—Understanding Iran’s Ahmadinejad,” National Review, May 8, 2006

3 Agence France Presse, April 28th, 2006

4 March 5th, 2006

5 MEMRI, July 29th, 2005

6 La Guardia, Anton, “’Divine mission’ driving Iran’s new leader Ahmadinejad’s confidence,” The Daily Telegraph, January 14th, 2006

7 Cohen, Dudi, “Iranian President lauds suicide bombers invincible,” YnetNews, April 1st, 2007

8 “Iran: Ahmadinejad annonce la «disparition» d'Israël,” Libération, May 11th, 2006

9 Baldwin, Tom, “The state of Israel will soon be history, says Iran’s President,” The Times, April 15th, 2006

10 Agence France Presse, April 28th, 2006

11 Agence France Presse, April 28th, 2006

12 Ahmadinejad: Countdown to Israel’s destruction has begun,” YnetNews, June 3rd, 2007

13 “Satan in Person," Süddeutsche Zeitung Online, March 1st, 2007

14 Williams, Stuart, “Ahmadinejad says Iran ready for 'final nuclear step,” Agence France Presse, November 16th, 2006

15 Naïm, Mouna, “Damas et Téhéran entendent "résister" ensemble,” Le Monde, January 21st, 2006

16 Ghazi, Siavosh. “Ahmadinejad qualifie de "mythe" l'Holocauste, ne cède pas sur le nucléaire,” Agence France Presse, 14 December, 2005

17 “Les prix du pétrole reculent avec la dissipation des craintes sur l'essence,” Agence France Presse, April 27th, 2006.

18 Agence France Presse, April 28th, 2006

29 Agence France Presse, April 28th, 2006

20 Agence France Presse, April 28th, 2006

21 Agence France Presse, April 28th, 2006

22 Agence France Presse, April 28th, 2006

23 “Ahmadinejad threatens the Western world”, Süddeutsche Zeitung, January 22nd 2006

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