President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad slams Washington’s domestic policy saying the US has turned into a big prison for the American nation.
He made the remarks at a meeting with the leaders of US Muslim community on Tuesday.
Ahmadinejad criticized the offensive remarks made by Columbia University’s President Lee Bollinger adding, “They insult the guest they’ve invited and echoed statements of a terrorist group in their remarks. They knew their words would not affect me and just tried to prevent the university students from listening to new words. “
Ahmadinejad said the Holocaust was a pretext to occupy Palestine and displace millions of peoples, therefore its aspects should be studied. “They displaced the Palestinian nation under the pretext of the massacre of the Jews; if it is revealed that the Holocaust has nothing to do with the issue of Palestine and the figures in this regard are exaggerated, they will have nothing to say.”
“Resolutions are no longer of any use to counter Israel’s crimes and the approved resolutions are not implemented either. I’m sure that Americans are against those crimes and consider Palestinians to be right. “
He described discord between Shias and Sunnis in Iraq as a plot hatched by the enemies, which can be thwarted by unity.
Ahmadinejad called on all Muslims to strive for justice in the world adding, “We believe all religions have the same origin. Christians, Jews and Muslims all believe in the savior. “
FYI – here is a comparison of worldwide incarceration rates:
Incarcerations per 100,000 population (sample):
1014____Texas (in 1999) (governor George W. Bush)
715_____United States of America (2001)
189_____Hong Kong (China)
142_____United Kingdom: England & Wales
125_____Republic of (South) Korea
-In the USA, Blacks and Hispanics make up 62 percent of the incarcerated population, though comprising only 25 percent of the national population;
-Between ten and fifteen percent of black men are incarcerated in twelve states (Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Texas, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming);
-Black women are incarcerated at rates between ten and thirty-five times greater than the rates of white women in fifteen states (Colorado, Connecticut, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Rhode Island, Texas, Vermont, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming); and
-Hispanic youth are incarcerated at rates seven to seventeen times greater than those of whites in Connecticut, Hawaii, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire, while the incarceration rate for black youth is between twelve and twenty-five times greater than those of whites in Connecticut, Delaware, Iowa, Massachusetts, Montana, and New Jersey.
(See the World Incarceration Website for more details)
In 2004 there were more than 800,000 full-time sworn law enforcement officers in the United States
|Type of agency||Number of agencies||Number of full-time
|All State and local||17,876||731,903|
|Note: Special jurisdiction category includes both State-level and local-level agencies. Consolidated police-sheriffs are included under local police category. Agency counts exclude those operating on a part-time basis.
*Non-military federal officers authorized to carry firearms and make arrests.
(as far as I understand this does not include folks working in jails, prisons, penitentiaries, etc., though I am not sure about that)
All this adds up to a national rate of full-time law enforcement employees per 1,000 inhabitants of at 3.5 (in 2004) which also the highest in the world.
Lastly, remember the huge “security-intelligence complex” composed of the SIXTEEN official US intelligence and security agencies and the equally “huge private intelligence sector” and you really get a sense of how much a prison the USA has become.
The private acceptance takes on a new dimension – it could be that in present day America most of the population lives in a fantasy world. I can only say: Travel , travel, travel – talk to people from other places. I’m born in Europe and after 8 years spent here – I still can believe the amount of propaganda that’s beeing fed to and asked for by the average American. This is not about Ahmadinejad beeing right – as he’s definitely not. This about America not beeing right either, or Europe or Asia. No one is – it’s about survival and the quality of survival. If 1 million has to die somewhere else so we can maintain our standard of living, it’s better the main media should leave the messy details out of the story.
anonymous, as a 45 year old native who got turned on to a Chomskian analysis of The American propaganda machine
25 years ago(!) I too am continuously and unbelievably surprised about how successfully propagandized America has been.
I guess that really makes me a fool because as
Marcus Aurelius(I think) said long, long ago,”Only a fool is surprised by the actions of a politician”.