Iranian president says celestial light protected him at UN

#1
Ah yes, a 'reasonable fellow we can do business with'....surely I am not alone in thinking this guy is crackers?

The Scotsman
Friday 2 Dec 2005

Iranian president says celestial light protected him at UN

Iran's hardline president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, claims a celestial green "light" descended on him when he addressed world leaders at the United Nations.

The aura also transfixed his audience, who sat unblinking for nearly half an hour as he spoke, he claimed. In a video published on an Iranian website, Mr Ahmadinejad says that someone present at the UN when he addressed the General Assembly in September told him: "When you began with the words 'In the name of God ...' I saw a light coming, surrounding you and protecting you."

The president added: "I felt it myself, too, that suddenly the atmosphere changed and ... the leaders could not blink. I had opened their eyes and ears for the message of the Islamic Republic."

That message went down badly with many countries, however, as the president insisted on Iran's right to control its nuclear fuel cycle for energy purposes.
 
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#5
Yay yet another lunatic in power.
The American president believes he’s on a mission from god to save the world, the Iranian president believes he’s protected by god :roll:
Separated at birth from the local zoo perhaps?
Anyone else think it was either a green spot light or maybe even hashish?
 
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gallowglass said:
Ah yes, a 'reasonable fellow we can do business with'....surely I am not alone in thinking this guy is crackers?

The Scotsman
Friday 2 Dec 2005

Iranian president says celestial light protected him at UN

Iran's hardline president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, claims a celestial green "light" descended on him when he addressed world leaders at the United Nations.

The aura also transfixed his audience, who sat unblinking for nearly half an hour as he spoke, he claimed. In a video published on an Iranian website, Mr Ahmadinejad says that someone present at the UN when he addressed the General Assembly in September told him: "When you began with the words 'In the name of God ...' I saw a light coming, surrounding you and protecting you."

The president added: "I felt it myself, too, that suddenly the atmosphere changed and ... the leaders could not blink. I had opened their eyes and ears for the message of the Islamic Republic."

That message went down badly with many countries, however, as the president insisted on Iran's right to control its nuclear fuel cycle for energy purposes.
Hi!

In a video published on an Iranian website...
There is no direct reference in the Scotsman. So is it simply an anecdote or not? Who knows? Anyway I don't see anything strange or sinister even if it is true.

Iranian president is not a fool at all. He faith is deep but can we (really mainly atheists) blame him for it?

Let's look at what he said in UN

http://www.irna.ir/en/news/view/menu-234/0509188968001718.htm

The Truth will shine the light of faith and ethics on the life of human beings and prevent them from aggression, coercion and injustice and will guide them towards care and compassion for fellow beings.
At least there I support him.

...reason, experience and science are among valuable sources of knowledge, the darkness of the Middle Ages deprived major portions of the Western world of appreciating. This reactionary tendency deprived many of access to various scientific findings and knowledge...
Is he right? Probably yes.

Divine knowledge that was carried and disseminated by such prophets as Noah, Abraham, Moses, Jesus, and Mohammad (peace be upon them).
Note, Mohammad was mentioned in the end.

...the prevalence of military domination, increasing poverty, the growing gap between rich and poor countries, violence as a means to solve crises, spread of terrorism, specially state terrorism, existence and proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, the pervasive lack of honesty in interstate relations, and disregard for the equal rights of peoples and nations in international relations constitute some of the challenges and threats.
At least it is reasonable.

If some, relying on their superior military and economic might, attempt to expand their rights and privileges, they will be performing a great disservice to the cause of peace and in fact will fuel the arms race and spread insecurity, fear and deception.
Well said.

The Islamic Revolution toppled a regime, which had been put in place through a coup, and supported by those who claim to be advocates of democracy and human rights
He is right by the way.
 
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This was covered on the (BBC or Sky News?) news last night. According to that source, a DVD of the interview in which the Iranian President made the claims is currently circulating in Iranian society. Footage of Ahmadinejad talking to a senior conservative cleric - where he made the claims - was shown with a simultaneous English translation. I agree that The Scotsman article is very brief, and I am surprised that the story does not seem to have been flagged by some of the more obvious news media sources. However, whilst there will be some who will no doubt dismiss what Ahmadinejad says as being little more than 'for domestic consumption', and containing elements of 'peace talk' as KGB_r has highlighted, didn't a certain fellow by the name of A. Hitler similarly engage in this sort of blood-curdling 'for domestic consumption only' speak, and similarly stress how he wanted security for Germany and peace in Europe? I'm happy enough for however happens to be the lunatic-in-resident in Teheran to blow off this sort of steam for the next decade or three if that's what makes him feel all warm and fuzzy about himself, but it looks increasingly likely that the regime in Teheran will very soon have nuclear weapons - will it therefore still be possible to simply dismiss this as being 'for domestic consumption only'?
 
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gallowglass said:
Whilst there will be some who will no doubt dismiss what Ahmadinejad says as being little more than 'for domestic consumption', and containing elements of 'peace talk' as KGB_r has highlighted, didn't a certain fellow by the name of A. Hitler similarly engage in this sort of blood-curdling 'for domestic consumption only' speak, and similarly stress how he wanted security for Germany and peace in Europe? I'm happy enough for however happens to be the lunatic-in-resident in Teheran to blow off this sort of steam for the next decade or three if that's what makes him feel all warm and fuzzy about himself, but it looks increasingly likely that the regime in Teheran will very soon have nuclear weapons - will it therefore still be possible to simply dismiss this as being 'for domestic consumption only'?
George Bush wants security for America and democracy and peace for the rest of the world (greater ambitions than one Mr A Hitler) He also believes that God talks to him. Also as a millennialist, he wants all the Jews in Israel so the apocalypse can come. But is he a scarier loonsince he does have nuclear weapons? Or do you accept that what ever your religious beliefs, most people are capable of self preserving rationality?
 
#9
Iranian president says celestial light protected him at UN

Iran's hardline president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, claims a celestial green "light" descended on him when he addressed world leaders at the United Nations


so what? george bush claims he hears voices in his head direct from god. so take your pick. which religious fundamentalist is worse? (or the more deluded)
 
#10
He was, in effect, speaking to his priest. So it is not surprising he was talking about religious matters.

As pointed out, other leaders closer to home seem to believe they have a direct and unique hotline to the heavens.
 

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