Haaretz – June 25, 2011
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Saturday the real dimensions of the September 2001 terrorist attacks on the U.S. as well as genocide in the Second World War should be exposed in order to be able to stop terrorism.
“If the black box of the 9/11 incident and Holocaust were opened, then some of the truth would be exposed, but the United States does not allow this,” Ahmadinejad said at the two-day international summit on terrorism in Tehran.
The president said both the Holocaust and the 2001 terror attacks were pretexts by the U.S. to put down Muslims and at the same time make huge economic benefits by spreading panic in the region. Ahmadinejad has often questioned what he called accepted truths.
He said the roots of terrorism should be explored before it can be fought effectively, and blamed U.S. militarism for causing security to deteriorate.
“There are networks which have thousands of members and sympathizers and it is the duty if the Islamic countries to fight these groups without any foreign interference,” Ahmadinejad said.
A two-day international summit on terrorism opened Saturday in
Tehran. The conference is attended by the presidents of Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Sudan and Tajikistan as well deputy presidents and prime ministers from several other countries.
Omar Al Bashir is one of the controversial guests at the summit .Sudan’s president is wanted for war crimes by the International Criminal Court. He has however been warmly welcomed by the Iranian administration.
“The U.S. tries to expose those as the guilty parts who themselves are victims of suppression and forgets its own role in this regard,” Al Bashir said at the conference. He thanked Iran for trying to disclose the real dimensions of suppression and terrorism in the Tehran summit.
Afghan President Hamid Karzai said the meeting was important as terrorism in his country has increased since the foreign military intervention 10 years ago.
“Terrorism in Afghanistan is spreading despite all efforts to improve education and infrastructure, making the threat of terrorism in my country more than ever and leaving us far away from peace and security,” Karzai said.
“It is a disgrace that Islam is misused by some groups and all Islamic countries should therefore seriously try to correct the image of Islam which is a religion of peace and friendship,” the Afghan president added.
The presidents of Iraq, Pakistan and Tajikistan also called for joint efforts by all Islamic countries to fight terrorism.
Iran has on several occasions criticized the U.S. and its Western allies for having deteriorated security in both Afghanistan and Iraq by their military presence
Tehran argues that the most effective way to fight terrorism is to allow regional countries to take care of security and force foreign troops to leave the region.