Monday, September 21, 2009

Iran's president proud of Holocaust denial

Iran's president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said that he's proud that the international community is outraged over his remarks denying the Holocaust. Ahmadinejad, courted controversy in 2007, when during a speech and question-and-answer session at New York's Columbia University, he defended Holocaust revisionists and claimed there were no homosexuals in Iran.

AP reports:
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad takes the world stage with a speech Wednesday to the U.N. General Assembly. He appears intent on showing he has not been weakened by three months of turmoil at home, where the pro-reform opposition has staged dramatic protests claiming Ahmadinejad's victory in June presidential elections was fraudulent.

He stoked the fires ahead of the visit with new comments casting doubt on the Holocaust. Asked about widespread condemnation of such remarks, Ahmadinejad said Monday: "The anger of the world's professional killers is (a source of) pride for us," according to state news agency IRNA.

During a speech Friday, he questioned whether the Holocaust was "a real event" and called it a pretext used by Jews to trick the West into backing the creation of Israel. He said the Jewish state was created out of "a lie and a mythical claim."

"It's a sad day for the Iranian people," French Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Christine Fages said in an online briefing Monday in reference to Ahmadinejad's latest Holocaust statements. Read more.