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UN: Delegates Walk Out as Ahmadinejad Hints US Gov't Behind 9/11

American delegates walk out of General Assembly as Iranian president suggests US involvement in 9/11 attack.
By Gil Ronen
First Publish: 9/23/2010, 10:19 PM / Last Update: 9/23/2010, 10:29 PM

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United States delegates to the United Nations walked out in the middle of a speech by Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad Thursday, as the Iranian leader floated a theory that elements within the US government orchestrated the September 11, 2001 attacks on America.

“A propaganda machine began to work” after 9/11, he said. “It was said that some 3,000 people were killed on 9/11, for which we were all very saddened, but in Afghanistan and Iraq hundreds of thousands have been killed” since then, he accused, referring to the American sponsored battle against terrorism in those countries.

Ahmadinejad said that there were “three viewpoints” regarding who was behind the 9/11 attack: The first, he explained was that a very sophisticated terrorist group did it. The second was that “some segments within the US government orchestrated the attack” to reverse the declining US economy and in order to save "the Zionist regime." This view, Ahmadinejad said, was the one most widely held among the nations of the world. A third opinion was that the attack was carried out by a terrorist group, but that the American government took advantage of the situation.

When Ahmadinejad reached the second “theory,” US delegates walked out. Ahmedinejad went on to call for an "independent" UN investigation of the 9/11 massacre.

Ahmadinejad attacked Israel several times in his speech, and said that “the Zionists have committed the most horrible crimes against defenseless people in their wars against Lebanon and Gaza.”

Regarding women's rights, he said that "The tendency of toughening the soul and behavior of women deprives them of their basic right to be loving mothers and devoted wives. It would result in a more violent society with irreversible defects."