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Iranian President Ahmadinejad Talks Israel, Anti-Islam Film And Homosexuality

Sarah Parvini |
September 24, 2012 | 7:09 p.m. PDT

Senior News Editor

Iran's president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. (Creative Commons)
Iran's president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. (Creative Commons)
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad discussed a wide range of topics with CNN's Piers Morgan on Monday, from relations with Israel to homosexuality in Iran.

Speaking through a translator, Ahmadinejad explained what Iran would do if attacked by Israel and explained his stance on a two-state solution between Palestine and Israel. 

"If a group comes and occupies the United States of America, destroys homes while women and children are in those homes, incarcerate the youth of America, impose five different wars on many neighbors, and always threaten others, what would you do?" Ahmadinejad asked, in reponse to his previous statement that Israel should be "wiped off" the face of the map. 

"So when we say 'to be wiped,' we say for occupation to be wiped off from this world. For war-seeking to [be] wiped off and eradicated, the killing of women and children to be eradicated," Ahmadinejad said. "And we propose the way. We propose the path. The path is to recognize the right of the Palestinians to self-governance."

When asked what Iran would do if Israel were to attack it, Ahmadinejad said, "Any nation has the right and will indeed defend herself."

He continued: "Why should the world be managed in such a way that an individual can allow himself to threaten a rich and deeply rooted historical, ancient country such as Iran? ...Another country can say, 'I am guessing that country B is doing activity X, therefore I will attack that country'...can this be...a successful formula for the management of the world?"

The president was likely referring to Iran's controversial nuclear program, which has come under increased scrutiny since Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called for "red lines" to be drawn against Iran in an interview with NBC's "Meet The Press" last week.

Asked whether he feared military conflict with Israel was imminent, Ahmadinejad said: "The Zionists are very much, very adventuresome, very much seeking to fabricate things, and I think they see themselves at the end of the line and I do firmly believe that they seek to create new opportunities for themselves and their adventurous behaviors."

Ahmadinejad also condemned "Innocence of Muslims," which portrays the Prophet Mohammed as a womanizer, child molester and killer, as an "ugly" and offensive video that demonstrates an abuse of the freedom of speech. The anti-Islam video triggered protests throughout the Muslim world earlier this month, and its effects still reverberate throughout the region.

Ahmadinejad added, however, that random violence was not the proper response to the film.

"...This must also be resolved in a humane atmosphere, in a participatory environment, and we do not like anyone losing their lives or being killed for any reason, anywhere in the world," Ahmadinejad said.

CNN's Morgan pressed president Ahmadinejad to further explain his views on homosexuality. He was previously quoted as saying Iran does not have the "phenomenon" of homosexuality and that it does not exist in the country the way it does in the United States. 

“Do you really believe that someone is born homosexual?” Ahmadinejad said. “Let me ask you this. Do you believe that anyone is giving birth through homosexuality? Homosexuality ceases procreation.”


Watch clips of the interview, including Ahmadinejad's take on the situations in Libya and Syria, below:

Related Links: 

Iran's president ranges far in interview: talks Israel, slams homosexuality - CNN

CNN's Morgan on Ahmadinejad: 'Really quite extreme bigotry' - The Washington Post

Netanyahu renews call for Obama to draw 'red line' before Iran - Los Angeles Times

Obama At U.N. Shoves Clock At Iran - Neon Tommy

U.S. Denies 20 Iranians Visas For U.N. Visit - Neon Tommy


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