President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says Western powers have used full-fledged psychological tactics as a lever to influence nations against their better judgment.
Ahmadinejad said some regimes, including those in Israel, are using propaganda campaigns and psychological tactics as their prime weapon-of-choice against other countries.
“Once you take away these weapons, there is not much that they can do,” said the Iranian President at a conference on media and psychological war in Tehran on Sunday.
He described the sheer lack of world action against Israeli war crimes in Gaza as a direct result of western propaganda campaign. “The Israelis have killed Palestinians from day one and yet they still come across as innocent victims in the world,” he said.
Regarding the US invasion of Iraq, the president said they (the US) deploy their soldiers from thousand of miles away to Iraq and take control of all of the affairs of the Iraqi nation and then accuse others of meddling in the internal affairs of the country.
Ahmadinejad brushed off the concept of ‘Western-style liberal democracy’, saying that real political oppression can be seen in the US and European societies.
“Claims of pluralist democracy in the West is nothing but a big lie,” said the Iranian President.
The Iranian president said more than one hundred thousand people demonstrated in Pittsburgh in protest of the G20 summit, which did not receive attention in the Western media. But if 2000 people demonstrated in a country, which opposes US policies then the incident would make headlines for a long period.
Ahmadinejad’s remarks were a follow-up to his address to the Islamic Radio and TV Union Assembly last week.
In the meeting, Ahmadinejad said corporate media has turned into a weapon of subterfuge, with the sole aim of advancing the West’s political agenda.
He went on to cite random examples of political bias in US and European media outlets, including the scant media coverage of Israel’s three-week attack on Gaza and the lack of media attention to the brutal murder of Marwa el-Sherbini, a pregnant Egyptian woman who was stabbed to death in a German courtroom.
Ahmadinejad also pointed to the recent media hype over Iran’s June 12 election and its enrichment activity.