Ahmadinejad Proclaims ‘No Need’ For Nukes
While the UN General Assembly continued at the UN with a third day of speeches from various world leaders, Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad continued his bellicose string of appearances in New York at a UN press conference and a speaking engagement by invitation at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR).
At the UN press conference, Ahmadinejad offered the notion that Iran does not seek nuclear weapons if for no other reason than Iran does not need such an outdated weapon. He told reporters, “The bottom line is, we don’t need a bomb. Unlike what others think. Regretfully, some believe that the nuclear bomb can be effective in international relations. They’re wrong, because the time for nuclear bombs has ended.” Having stated often that archenemy Israel should be “wiped off the map,” the Iranian president did not offer to explain why Israel’s presumed possession of nuclear weapons is therefore a constant cause for Iranian concern. Israel’s possession of nuclear weapons has been used by others – including openly by some in Iran - as justification for Iran’s pursuit of nuclear weapons.
Ahmadinejad’s claim yesterday was quickly followed up today by a statement from Iranian First (of 10) Vice President Parziv Davoudi that Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Khameini, has stated that Iran is forbidden from using nuclear weapons. This is not to be confused as a new declaration or fatwa from the mullah leader. Khameini issued the declaration some time ago.
However, Khameini’s fatwa was contradicted by a fatwa from the extremely radical Hojjetiah sect leader - and Ahmadinejad mentor - Ayatollah Mohammad Taghi Mesbah-Yazdi, whom the UK’s Telegraph called “a hardliner to terrify hardliners.” In February 2006, shortly after Ahmadinejad’s election as president, Ayatollah Yazdi pronounced that it is “only natural” for Iran to have nuclear weapons as a “countermeasure” against its enemies who possess them (Israel and the United States). A spokesman for Ayatollah Yazdi, Mohsen Gharavian, elaborated at the time that “for the first time that the use of nuclear weapons may not constitute a problem, according to Sharia. When the entire world is armed with nuclear weapons, it is permissible to use these weapons as a counter-measure. According to Sharia too, only the goal is important.”
The secretive Hojjetiah sect in Iran has seen a manifold increase in its power and influence since Ahmadinejad’s election, including a purge of the Iranian diplomatic corps and the insertion of current and former Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps leaders into leadership posts throughout government. It was this IRGC which founded and currently provides operational and material support for Lebanon’s Hizballah terrorist organization.