Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, left, and Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe shake hands, after addressing a press conference after signing a memorandum of understanding between Iran and Zimbabwe at State House in Harare, Thursday, April 22, 2010., a photo by Pan-African News Wire File Photos on Flickr.
'West will leave ME in disgrace'
Thu Apr 14, 2011 3:25PM
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has condemned the West's military presence in the region, saying the occupation forces will eventually have to leave “in disgrace.”
Speaking in the southeastern province of Sistan and Baluchestan, President Ahmadinejad criticized the West for unleashing wars in Africa and the Middle East while the wars they started in Afghanistan and Iraq continue to impose a heavy toll on the two nations, ISNA reported on Thursday.
The Iranian president was referring to the NATO-led war in Libya and the French military intervention in Ivory Coast.
Backed by a UN Security Council resolution, NATO has been carrying out airstrikes in Libya to protect revolutionaries from forces loyal to the country's dictator Muammar Gaddafi.
The mission has not only failed to achieve the claimed objective but also resulted in alarmingly more civilian casualties.
On Monday, forces loyal to Ivorian President-elect Alassane Ouattara attacked President Laurent Gbagbo's residence in the country's main city of Abidjan and captured him following a fierce battle.
President Ahmadinejad emphasized that the arrogant powers that have attempted to take control over Muslim nations in the region, will eventually be forced to withdraw, given the people's “faith and awareness.”
He insisted that the West cannot deceive other nations anymore and that the “pit they have dug will turn into a grave where colonialism will be buried.”
“Those who have deployed armies to the region will have to retreat under pressure from regional nations, and Iran above all,” said the Iranian president.
“They will retreat until they lose the White House,” he added.
President Ahmadinejad predicted a long-lived turbulence in the region due to plots by arrogant powers that “do not desire calm in the region,” denoting the growing non-UN-sanctioned US and NATO attacks in Pakistan.
“Now they have come to toss Pakistan and we witness what they are doing in Pakistan,” he said, blasting the US-led violation of Pakistan's sovereignty and the killing of civilians in the country.
“If we go to the United Nations, God willing, we will try them. Who are you to kill the Pakistani people and bombard the country?”
“The day will come for their prosecution,” the president pledged.