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March 17, 2011
Posted: 1138 GMT
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (pictured March 8) said military invention by the U.S. and Europe in Libya would make matters worse.
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (pictured March 8) said military invention by the U.S. and Europe in Libya would make matters worse.

The United States and Europe should not intervene militarily in strife-torn Libya because it would make matters worse, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad told Spanish state television TVE on Tuesday.

"I think a military intervention would be even worse. The experience of Iraq and Afghanistan is before us. It made things worse, not better," Ahmadinejad told TVE in an interview at the presidential palace in Tehran, Iran, which was televised in Spain.

He condemned Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi's bombardment of rebels, saying, "We condemn these massacres and we have condemned them previously. Whomever bombs his own people should be condemned."

But Ahmadinejad - speaking in his native Farsi that was translated to Spanish - also warned, "A Western intervention will just complicate the situation. The West needs to leave behind its colonialist vision."

He accused the United States and Europe of having provided weapons and backing to Gadhafi and other autocratic regimes in the region in the past. Read more...

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John A   March 17th, 2011 3:32 pm ET

So our resident blogger Proud Zionist aka "Ariely" agrees with Ahmadinejad, as they both say the west should not intervene.

To be serious, Gaddafi doesn't have much of an air force and has no guided bombs, so a no fly zone wont make any real difference on the ground.

The only way Gadaffi will be beaten is with a western attack. But the that will blow the laughable story about an Arab led democratic revolt. Its already clearly a US/ Europe led regime change.

The west must be cursing the Japanese earth quake which diverted the western media hype away from the middle east. Without the western focus on events, the revolts have not been able to toppled many. No surprise there.

This adventure has already been a disaster for the west, as all the Arabs now know they are getting a back stabbing from Washington. The US 6th fleet is getting kicked out of Oman. The Saudis wont let the US incite a day of rage. The only western success has been in meaningless Tunisia. Even Egyptians have awoken to the non democratic candidates ElBaradei and Amr Moussa. Both are members of American political think tanks and follow instructions from the white house.

Welcome to western style democracy, where all the horses in the race are owned by the same groups. In the west you can be right wing or left wing. But all wings are owned by the banks, big pharma, energy businesses and the military industrial complex. Instead of exporting fake democracies, why don't we in the west try to make a real democracy in our own land and for the first time in history.

John A   March 17th, 2011 3:39 pm ET

Obviously CNNs real purpose behind this story is to manipulate the American public. They trust Americans are now so brain washed that they will immediately want the opposite to what Iran wants.

So if CNN says Ahmadinejad doesn't want the west to intervene, you the brain washed sheep will all cry out for intervention.

I wont be surprised if next year Obama says Ahmadinejad wants you to vote republican.

Come on CNN. Americans might live in a disconnected dream and far from reality, but they are not all as stupid as you in the media hopes.

Persianempireneverhappened   March 17th, 2011 6:16 pm ET

Hey, president madmaninajam, you gotta learn to put your brain in gear before you let out your tongue fella. What a load of sweet camel crude son.! You gotta deal with all your denial boy, it just aint up to speed internationally. Even makes Gaddafi look intelligent. But best of luck with the face transplant though.

jerilyn   March 18th, 2011 3:53 am ET

As an american, the view of this crisis by the USA residents in my town is bring down the ones who kill Innocent people . How many have to die before order is restored? How much is the price of freedom for the Libyan people? When can the world finally understand that we all have to share is this one world. What happened in Japan will affect us all. Also in Libya, war and disaster can be prevented. Are we smart enough to understand?

W.G.   March 18th, 2011 1:23 pm ET

I guess there IS a difference between bombing your citizens
and shooting them like dogs in the street . ahmadinejad is
one of the biggest hypocrits in the world .

Paul Marrs   March 18th, 2011 11:17 pm ET

We should charge Libya for the services rendered! It cost us, the tax payers. Send Mr. Gadhafi the bill Mr. President, add interest for the unpaid bill. Maybe this will lower gas prices? It cost to send our service people to keep the peace!

The United States is not solely the only country involved. We are one of many other countries enforcing International Law in Libya.

Mr. Gadhafi needs to be arrested for murder and stand trial for his crimes! Mr. Gadhafi should of been ousted a long time ago!

Get the picture Mr. Ahmadinejad, follow the wishes of the U.N.!!!

Watch Out!!!   March 20th, 2011 8:35 am ET

yeah, yeah you're just afraid. You know you're next.. Where will you hide when it starts to rain Tomahawks on your short little body.

Watch Out!!!   March 20th, 2011 8:37 am ET

Right on Paul Marrs!!!

Catharyne Stauffer   March 20th, 2011 1:08 pm ET

One reason I don't think we should be involved in Libya is due directly to the antiwest propaganda that is used to recruit Muslim extremists but from many Muslim nations and from within many western nations .
This propaganda is negatively based and designed to cloud certain truths .
When Saddam attacked Kuwait the Kuwaiti government asked for assistance in driving Saddam out which the US did restoring the Kuwaiti peoples sovereignty
The propaganda out of many Muslim nations was that the US attacked a Muslim nation for no reason .
Saddam was committing many atrocities one was Murdering 200,000 Marsh Arabs and Kurds , he was committing genocide and on numerous occasions promised publicly even more .
The US and Allied forces went in and stopped him from committing even more crimes against humanity and made him stand trail within his own country for those crimes .
The Propaganda even from the Arab nations that were terrified of Saddam was that war was all about Oil , which was echoed within many western nations by those that could only be described as politically negative based people .
Now we have the Arab League that is comprised of 22 Arab nations approving the no fly zone and the UN Security counsel stating to the Arab nations like Qattar and western nations to use whatever force necessary to stop Gaddhafi from slaughtering his own people .
Again I see the same propaganda coming from people that want to cloud the truth of a situation . Iran's leader should look up the definition of the word colonialist .
Posters like John A should look up exactly the wording of the UN Security Counsels directives to the Western and Muslim nations that are stopping the slaughter of the Libyan people .

John A   March 20th, 2011 1:08 pm ET

The corporate-financiers are dangerously flirting with their entire official narrative collapsing, as their progressive, Peace-Prize wearing puppet President Obama and the “radical reformer” David Cameron lead yet another war based on an Iraq-style pack of lies.

After weeks of peddling a litany of verifiable lies, the West has forgone any attempt to justify or veil their actions in legitimacy and has decided to go ahead with a UN rubber-stamped “no-fly zone.” Far from having anything to do with preventing Qaddafi’s planes from flying, the no-fly zone has translated into full-scale missile and aerial bombardments across Libya aimed at turning the tide for freshly rearmed Western-backed rebels.

The pack of lies.

Indeed, the same London Telegraph now dashing across their headlines “Britain and America have rained missiles on Libya as Col Muammar Gaddafi defied the world and continued to attack civilians,” told us in the early stages of the US-backed Libyan unrest that Qaddafi had fled to Venezuela, citing “credible Western intelligence sources.”

Of course, evidence that Qaddafi has been “attacking civilians” has not yet been produced in any shape form or way with US Department of Defense’s Robert Gates and Admiral Mullen in fact, both confirming “We’ve seen no confirmation whatsoever.” Additionally, BBC made an apparently little read footnote that their reports were impossible to verify.

BBC states in their article “The difficulty of reporting from inside Libya:” “The BBC and other news organisations are relying on those on the ground to tell us what’s happening. Their phone accounts – often accompanied by the sound or gunfire and mortars – are vivid. However, inevitably, it means we cannot independently verify the accounts coming out of Libya. That’s why we don’t present such accounts as “fact” – they are “claims” or “allegations”.”

Apparently “claims” and “allegations” are all the UN needed to rubber stamp yet another globalist war of conquest as they continue to sew together their one world government.

The Russian government went as far as bringing forth evidence that suggests such air strikes never even took place. As for the globalist-run media’s claims that Qaddafi fled to Venezuela, of course, Colonel Qaddafi is still obviously in Libya.

Even the globalist International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) made note in their 1 hour and 20 minute military briefing, that Libya’s Qaddafi was most likely going through extraordinary measures to avoid excessive civilian loses, so as to not play into the West’s desire for military intervention.

When the globalist policy makers speak frankly, outside the short-attention span of the general public, they talk of Qaddafi’s professional forces taking special care to avoid civilian casualties knowing full well it will fuel calls for Western intervention.

Now, the typical ploy of accusing besieged nations of using “human shields” is already being oafishly employed by the likes of the Independent in their article “Libya: The UN strikes back.” The very title itself is misleading, as the UN was merely a tool used to justify and authorize an otherwise unacceptable war the US and UK populations would have categorically refused to enter. The ability for the US to circumvent its constitution (Article I, Section 8, Clause 11) along with the will of the American people points the finger of “illegitimacy” toward the West at least as much as it is being pointed at Libya’s Qaddafi.

What can be confirmed?

What we can confirm, is that the entire Libyan rebel movement has been backed by the US and UK for nearly 3o years. We can confirm that the initial calls for a Libyan “Day of Rage” came not from the streets of Benghazi, but from the London based National Conference for Libyan Opposition (NCLO). We can confirm that NCLO leader Ibrahim Sahad was literally sitting in front of the White House giving an interview to the Western media in the opening stages of the Libyan unrest, parroting verbatim the West’s desire to militarily intervene with a no-fly zone.

Libyan opposition NFSL/NCLO leader Ibrahim Sahad, parroting the globalist calls for intervention in Libya, sits in front of the White House in Washington D.C.

We can also confirm that confessed terrorists like Noman Benotman, who had previously consorted with both the MI6 and Osama Bin Laden, are now offering their full support for the armed rebels in Libya. Ironically, Benotman’s support for armed militant rebels, including released Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG) members, manifests itself through the “Quilliam Foundation,” which was founded in part to disband and disavow armed militancy.

It is quite clear that the globalists had decided part of their US State Department sponsored “Arab Spring” would include removing Libya’s Qaddafi from power. No reality on the ground will prevent the globalists from achieving this goal, including the necessity to send troops on the ground if the current bombing and missile campaign fails to tip the balance in the Libyan rebels’ favor. The corporate owned media has descended to a new level of unprecedented, shameless propaganda to hammer their misshapen agenda into an ill-fitting reality.

Remember Fukushima

The globalist “international community” and mandate has never been more clearly illegitimate, squandered, and abused than it is now. While Japan suffers the worst catastrophe in its history, a catastrophe that includes the largest recorded earthquake in human history, a devastating tsunami and multiple nuclear meltdowns, the West pursues with the entirety of its resources, energy, and influence a war of profit and expansion in Libya – under the poorly dressed guise of “humanitarian concerns.” As it has been pointed out, such concerns are unverified and entirely based on what the BBC itself calls “allegations” and “claims.” Meanwhile, an irrefutable, unprecedented humanitarian disaster unfolds in northeastern Japan.

As if meddling in a foreign nation’s affairs based on a pack of lies isn’t bad enough, doing so when resources are desperately needed amidst a real disaster amounts to the zenith of criminal negligence. The West once again proves they are the greatest purveyors of crimes against humanity, through simultaneous action in Libya, and inaction in Japan.

Such irresponsible leadership, with such self-serving priorities that clearly leave the vast majority of humanity out in the cold does not deserve our respect, our obedience, or our support. Identify the corporate-financier oligarchs that make up this malicious self-appointed “global consensus” and put them out of business via a full-spectrum boycott and by replacing them permanently on a local level. While millions suffer in Japan and millions are in danger in Libya today, failing to strip these tyrants of their unwarranted influence will inevitably ensure the suffering and danger comes to you.

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proud zionist   March 21st, 2011 6:38 am ET

Johnny babay A nitwit

you are nothing but a nitwit,

go and criticize the british royals, as a british traitor, that's all you are allowed to do

mera   March 21st, 2011 7:45 am ET

These people are doing all kind of things from sonsoring terrorism to assasinations.They take over the country and rule as long as they want.The choice they give is follow or death.They use religion as a ground for all their inhuman activities.Somebody has to raise the weapon against these people.
I think Iran needs democratic reforms than any other country.Ahmadinejad should look at his plate and feed his people and take a survey if he is providing people ,their needs.Then he should talk about the other countries.
By large Islamic community is divided and are killing each other.People of all religion need peace,food education for their children.What these leaders are doing-buying arms,selling arms giving speches against one another .Insted of working hard to feed people,provide basic support.children cannot even play outside in some of these countries.
Protect the principles of your religion,do not kill people in the name of religion.You respect others ,you will get respect.You spit on others ,they will spit you back.Look at all those countries who flourished in the past,best example is Iran itself.They fund so much money to terrorist organizations and for peotection of religion.Religion do not need protection with weapons,when the good principles of religion are practised,transformation will happen deep in the heart of people and will be protected by itself and world will follow.

John A   March 23rd, 2011 11:57 am ET

Dear Proud Zionist,

You briefly came out of your coma and decided to send me a message. I am touched!!!

Hopefully your disorder improves and you regain your mental health soon.

Best wishes,
John A

JesusFish   March 29th, 2011 1:27 am ET

John A = Mr Agenda.


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