Following are excerpts from a speech by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, which was broadcast on the Iranian News Channel (IRINN) on January 5, 2006,
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad: We simply asked the Western powers a question: Your excuse and logic for supporting these (Zionist) crimes and criminals is that 60 years ago – so you claim - during World War II, some of the Jews were burnt in crematoria.
Well, we ask you: If this is true, who did this? It was you, your governments, and your regimes that did this. If you accept that you did this, you should be held accountable. Why should the Palestinian people pay the price for your crimes? Give them a piece of your land, and the whole thing will be over. There is no need for meetings, conventions, peace treaties, and so on.
If, however, this is not true, and it is a big historical lie, why do you inflict such a violent and corrupt (Zionist) regime on the peoples of the region?
The moment we asked this question, those who purport to defend human rights yelled at the top of their lungs: This Ahmadinejad is a war-monger, he rejects human rights and the facts of history, and therefore, we must not allow his government and people to obtain nuclear technology. We must restrict them.
Crowd: Ahmadi, Ahamdi, we support you. Ahmadi, Ahamdi, we support you. Ahmadi, Ahamdi, we support you.
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad: Rest assured that neither the Palestinian people and all Islamic peoples will not tolerate, even for a moment, the existence of this occupying and corrupt regime, which you have brought to the region.
You lose your temper just because of one question and make military threats. To the Iranians and to other peoples, you brag about your control of the (UN) Councils. Hence, you are not worthy of talking about human rights, and to defend security and peace in the world, as you claim.
Those who possess nuclear weapons and who have used nuclear energy in the most horrendous way against all the peoples of the world, have no right to prevent other peoples from obtaining nuclear technology for peaceful purposes.
Recently, some of them went even further, and said that the Iranian people is not even entitled to nuclear research. You should know, and all the free peoples of the world should also know that if we give these impudent bullies a chance, tomorrow they will say that we are not even entitled to have a universities. We say to them: Right from the start we knew that you are against science, against progress, and against the development of the free people, but you should know that the Iranian people its government, which has emerged out of the will of the Iranian people, will defend their right to nuclear research and technology.
The older people present here surely remember that one of our slogans during the revolution was: We will convert the entire world to Islam with out logic. We are confident that the Islamic logic, culture, and discourse can prove their superiority in all fields over all schools of thought and theories.