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Iran says West set to plunder Libya

2011-10-25 14:39

Tehran - Western countries supported Muammar Gaddafi when it suited them but bombed the Libyan leader when he no longer served their purpose in order to "plunder" the north African country's oil wealth, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Tuesday.

While Tehran has applauded the people of Libya for overthrowing the man it considered an illegitimate dictator, Ahmadinejad warned Libyans that the West now aimed to run their country for them.

"Show me one European or American president who has not travelled to Libya or has not signed an agreement [with Gaddafi]," Ahmadinejad said in a speech broadcast live in which he accused the West of ordering the former leader's execution.

"Some people said they killed this gentleman to make sure he would not be able to say anything, just like what they did to bin Laden," he said.

Iran accuses the West of helping create the Sunni Muslim militant group al-Qaeda run by Saudi-born Osama bin Laden, who was killed by US special forces in Pakistan in May.

Ahmadinejad derided the West's approach to the Security Council, which he called an "organisation with no honour", saying the UN resolution to take action against Gaddafi was used as an authorisation to "plunder" Libyan oil.

"Any decision that would strengthen the presence, domination or influence of foreigners would be contrary to the Libyan nation's interests," Ahmadinejad said.

"The expectation of the world of the Libyan nation is that they stand and run the country themselves."

The downfall of Gaddafi, after he gave in to pressure to abandon nuclear work, has reinforced the view of hardliners in Tehran that no good would come of making concessions to the West.

Iran has been subjected to four rounds of sanctions by the United Nations since 2006 over its disputed nuclear programme. Western powers accuse Iran of trying to develop a nuclear weapon, but Tehran insists its programme is peaceful.

Comments
  • Ebrahim - 2011-10-25 14:56

    have to say i agree with him

      Aijaman - 2011-10-25 15:37

      My brother I listened to this guy when he was interviewed by Al-Jazeera...This man is spot on to his arguments and I support

      Dirk - 2011-10-25 17:26

      I am sure you would agree with him and dont wonder why! Ahmadinejad is a bloodthirsty international terrorist. He was personally involved as a student when American hostages were taken in 1979 and he has sworn to wipe Israel off the face of the earth

      Delusion - 2011-10-25 17:36

      ...this coming from a religiot who runs a debilitating oppressive theocracy: a complete intergrated political, religious and ideological system based on his belief imaginary friends. "I am tired of living in a world with adults that still believe in imaginary beings, I am even more tired of living by the decisions adults make based on their beliefs in imaginary beings."-- Carrie Larson

  • swavka - 2011-10-25 15:01

    Let's see - if Libya floods the market with oil, then you can bet your bottom dollar that Iran, Iraq and other countries are not going to be happy as the oil price falls and falls. At the moment these countries are coining it with oil nearly or above $100 per barrel mark. So my words to you all - shut upa your face, suck it up and let the world economy get a break, just for once. Think worldwide instead me, myself and i

      Aijaman - 2011-10-25 15:38

      I never see a stupid person like u in my entire life..I rest my case

      Barry - 2011-10-25 22:06

      @swayka..the OIL price is not the issue. Global economies are not the issue. Western terrorism is the issue. GET IT ?

  • Cape - 2011-10-25 15:05

    May Sell up to $25 Million,Shocking ! http://bit.ly/qcX0Ys

  • Peter - 2011-10-25 15:06

    Gadaffi a "gentleman". My As% Why does Iran suddenly turn around now and attack the west. Iran never said a word for 8 months whilst the war was raging. Probably scared they will lose sales of their oil now and their profits will drop.

      Aijaman - 2011-10-25 15:41

      Clearly Peter u don't watch or read news that is why u ask why Iran is only making noise now...If Iran is only lambasting West only now..Why US pushed for sanctions in 2006?They even want to futher those sanctions now..

      Napolita - 2011-10-25 15:54

      @Peter - What does "Gadaffi a "gentleman". My As%" mean?

  • kenneth.mthethwa - 2011-10-25 15:34

    Iranian president,you are damn right.You get my thumbs up.

  • Barry - 2011-10-25 15:37

    I think Iran are spot. Libya is going to be raped by the USA and Europe.

      Deon - 2011-10-25 15:58

      They can always rather sell theire oil to China, it won't be free to anyone.

      Barry - 2011-10-25 18:55

      @Deon..Yes. They (USA) will sell it. Libya will not have any say.

  • zaatheist - 2011-10-25 16:12

    Wow! What a lot of Iran loving democrats have commented in support of the nice mr Ahmadinejad (who savagely suppresses and murders his civilians and denies them human rights).

      Barry - 2011-10-25 18:17

      The people of Iran have a far better life under Ahmadinejad. Just like Libya had with Gaddafi.

      zaatheist - 2011-10-25 19:37

      @Barry What can I say - poor, delusional, willfully ignorant and plain dumb?

      Barry - 2011-10-25 20:09

      Why so ? I am very well read on Gaddafi. The Libyan people were until recently probably the most taken care of people in Africa. FACT. The NATO (USA) got involved. No INVADED !

      Leon - 2011-10-25 20:19

      barry go back to zim you are so clever and will sort there problem out

      Barry - 2011-10-25 20:39

      @Leon...You don't have a damn clue do you ?

  • bradley.mills2 - 2011-10-25 16:28

    Iran is next on the list for a civil war

      Barry - 2011-10-25 21:50

      No not a civil war. A terrorist NATO war. There is a difference

      Blip - 2011-10-25 22:35

      Ahmedinajad will be dead within the next 2 years. Hallelujah!

  • nibishaka - 2011-10-25 16:40

    well, this man has a point and I think if Ghadaffi could have listen to him before..things could have been different. The Libyan people will soon realise that there was no sympathy from the West in helping them kill the dictator

  • Lordwick - 2011-10-25 18:02

    100% correct.Why the states keeps on protecting Saudi but they keep on preaching "democrazy".This fakas want to rule the wealth of the world.

  • Frank - 2011-10-25 19:19

    This is the CIA plant that is embedding contracts to all the overseas hawks before elections ever happen and he gets exposed. Will all be done legally US/UK style with contracts made and by the fools criminals that were looting last week yea the NATO rebels. Will be difficult to reverse even if things get more normalized. Will end up just like Nigeria all the oil owned from the outside. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ali_Tarhouni

  • marco.tomaso - 2011-10-25 19:19

    For a dictator this was a very modern and unusual death.Muammar Gaddafi ended his days murdered by a mob and subsequently filmed by mostly Libyan mobile phone cameras.Can you imagine that! It was not the normal end for any dictator.Most of them either die in office,or die whilst living in exile abroad and still others of natural causes.For every Saddam Hussein there were several Idi Amins and for every Valerian many more Pharaohs. Even those who died violently are not normally filmed,let alone by their own country men.Saddam's hanging was an exception as was Romania's Nicolae Ceaucescu.Both deaths are on now on Youtube. Question is though was it necessary for his death to be (a)filmed and (b)televised and broadcast by the media?Viewer discretion was advised at the outset before you could watch it.Still should the public outside of Libya been given that choice? Why was the world given the raw violent end of a dictator in such a shocking and graphic manner?But then again news and the truth of what truly happens in our world can be shocking does it not?No need for any "health warnings" right?There was no "looping" of the video.All you was told was the screen strap saying "Graphic Images". The worrying thing was the NTC's dubious claims and conflicting reports about Gaddafi's death they made afterwards.First they said he got killed in "crossfire",then they asserted he died from his wounds in transit to a hospital.What liars they are,Gaddafi was murdered that's that.

  • marco.tomaso - 2011-10-25 19:20

    Last Friday the front pages of almost all of the British Newspapers carried the graphic images of GADDAFI's death which were taken from mobile phone videos.So did most of the Arabic newspapers and much of the Continental European press of France,Germany,Spain etc. By contrast,according to the Newseum report,which is a Washington interactice News Museum on Pennsylvania Avenue,only 7 American papers out of the 400 surveyed used large images of Gaddafi on their front pages.Only 7 out of 400 which tells you the difference between what mainstream AMERICANS thinks of his ignominious death compared to everybody else!! A man who denied a nation their dignity for 4 decades and who in death was given non unto himself.In Bible times dictators were buried with full honours and enough gold to see them through all eternity.Gaddafi got none of the above. Under Gaddafi's Rule Libyans got free medical treatment,free education where better students were supported to study abroad.Gaddafi also subsidized the price of cars,the average life expectancy of a Libyan in 2009 was 77 years one less than an American. Retail and wholesale trading operations were called "people's supermarkets" where Libyans could purchase whatever they needed at low prices.In the 1980's Libyans enjoyed much improved housing and education,comprehensive social welfare services,and general standards of health that were among the highest in Africa. None of that matters now.So sad when he could've avoided it all.

  • John - 2011-10-25 21:47

    Lybia will be paid for their oil. Just like Iran is paid for its oil. What a mental retard.

      Barry - 2011-10-25 21:52

      @John ...You can't be serious surely ?

  • Alan - 2011-10-25 22:13

    To all the Gaddafi huggers, it seems like the NTC is just as mean as Gaddafi. I certainly doubt that they're going to give up their hard fought for gains that easily.

  • Blip - 2011-10-25 22:29

    Western nations -- exactly like African, Asian, and all other nations -- essentially work out of serving their OWN interests first above anyone else's. And, so what? If you dare to imperil or threaten MY nation, I will deal to you. Shaka Zulu used this simple logic. Genghis Khan too. So did Roosevelt, Churchill, Reagan, Thatcher, Bush, Blair and Golda Meir. And if your dire warlike rhetoric of fatwas and jihads etc is only braggadocio and bluffing, well you just shouldn't issue threats you can't deliver.

      Alan - 2011-10-26 08:03

      Should it be any other way?

  • Fred - 2012-02-27 16:18

    Yeah right, like the one oil contract the US has been awarded in Iraq.

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