New York, NY, September 22, 2011 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today reacted to the conspiracy theory-laden diatribe delivered by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to the United Nations General Assembly. The League called his words "political theater in its most virulent form" and said the Iranian leader had "made a mockery of the United Nations."
Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director, issued the following statement:
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has once again confirmed his place in the Pantheon of despots and dictators who have taken to world stage afforded them at Turtle Bay to engage in a form of political theater in its most virulent form while making a mockery of the United Nations as an institution.
In his latest diatribe, Ahmadinejad proposed no real solutions to global issues, made no serious outreach to other nations, and made no pretentions of a willingness to take responsibility for Iran's failings as a society that continues to repress its people, engage in human rights abuses and develop nuclear weapons and flout the international community.
Ahmadinejad played the blame game, finding fault with America, Jews, Israel and the West while adding in a few disgusting anti-Semitic remarks concerning the Holocaust, which he dismisses as a fabrication, and "Zionists." These outrages he has so often repeated that they no longer shock anyone. What was shocking, however, was his promotion of conspiracy theories about what he termed "the mysterious September 11" including references to the "hidden elements involved" in supposedly carrying out the attacks.
We are encouraged by the number of delegates who walked out of the General Assembly to protest his remarks, and we trust that responsible members of the U.N. will speak out against Mr. Ahmadinejad's pathetic efforts to distract from Iran's own problems.