Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's Final U.N. Address

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad waves during a welcoming ceremony for his Bolivian counterpart Evo Morales in Tehran on October 26, 2010. (ATTA KENARE/AFP/Getty)

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad makes his final appearance at the United Nations today. There are just 9 months left in President Ahmadinejad’s term and it’s unclear who his successor might be or how he will be remembered at home.

Hooman Majd, author of “The Ayatollah Begs to Differ,” has been speaking to the Iranian delegation at the United Nations.

Over the course of his tenure as President of Iran, Ahmadinejad has become infamous for his extraordinarily provocative statements, including his denial of the Holocaust, and his extreme homophobia. But Hooman Majd says we have made too much of the president's true power because of this sort of sensationalism.

"We tend to put a little bit too much emphasis on who he is and what he does," says Majd. "He has hardly any say in the nuclear issue, which is the most important issue for Americans and Israelis." Since Ahmadinejad is not the commander in chief of Iran's armed forces, he has no power to declare war or mobilize the army.

Though Ahmadinejad has said that he wants to remain active in politics, Majd predicts that he will begin to fade from the scene once he is no longer in office. "He has so many enemies right now, even within the conservative, hard-line camp where he came from." Far from legitimizing provocative discourse, Ahmadinejad's legacy will be only one of his own disgrace — both internationally, and at home in Iran.

Guests:

Hooman Majd

Produced by:

Maggie Penman and Mythili Rao

Comments [5]

Robie from Uk

Hi I thing world is ready 3war and I have 3 beautiful kids I really don't like

Nov. 22 2012 05:57 AM
marissa from ny

Hooman Majd is known among Iranian communities outside Iran as the paid agent of Islamic Republic whose main job is to provide PR in support of Iranian Regime, especially Ahmadinejad who represents the govt internationally and make embarresting statements. His other job is to work towards establishing an Iranian Regim's lobby in the US to counter weight Israel Lobby to the extent possible. As an example today in his interview he tried to coverup Ahmadinejad's stupid comment about denying hemosexuals existance in Iran. Bottomline, Majd, despite his western looks and good communications skills is not trusted and respected among Iranians outside Iran.

Sep. 26 2012 04:14 PM
listener

Interesting how some fall over themselves carefully parsing Ahmadinejad hateful comments but jump all over the supposed "gaffes" of Mitt Romney which in truth are complete non-issues.
Such is our media today.

Sep. 26 2012 12:23 PM
Larry Fisher from Brooklyn, N.Y.

I can see him getting his own Fox Shock show after his political career ends...It can be called, "I Atole Ya So..." Or maybe it is a Reality show where he hunts for Homosexuals throughout the country... and then his takeaway at the end is "No Homosexuals Here."

How is it possible that guys like this exist without being part of the circus?

Sep. 26 2012 10:38 AM
Ed from Larchmont

He is isolated, but with the coming to power of Islamic regimes in the Middle East he is able to support them with arms and is becoming less isolated.

Sep. 26 2012 07:54 AM

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