Video: Ahmadinejad prompts walkout at UN conference

posted at 3:42 pm on April 20, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad made public what the Durban II conference was always about, which was a forum for the worst terrorist supporters and human-rights abusers to publicly accuse Israel of racism. A number of nations had already decided to boycott Durban II, led by Canada, with the US shamefully providing little leadership among Western nations until this past weekend. Some of those remaining had enough minimal sense to humiliate Ahmadinejad by walking out on his speech:


Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad accused Israel of being the “most cruel and racist regime,” sparking a walkout Monday by angry Western diplomats at a U.N. racism conference.

The hard-line leader’s appearance overshadowed the substance of the weeklong United Nations attempt to stamp out intolerance worldwide. The United States and eight other Western countries, expressing concerns about its fairness, were already boycotting the event.

Protesters dressed with clown wigs and holding placards repeatedly interrupted Ahmadinejad’s speech with shouts of “Shame! shame!” and “Racist! racist!” throwing soft red objects on the podium. Later, about 100 members of mainly pro-Israel and Jewish groups blocked Ahmadinejad’s entrance to a scheduled news conference.

Those that remained cheered Ahmadinejad, but then again, they attended for the same purpose Iran did — to distract from their own horrid human-rights records. The diplomats staging the walkout appear in fine spirits, though, high-fiving each other as they exit stage right.

I have a question for the Durban II panel: Do any of you appreciate the irony of holding an anti-racism symposium and giving the stage to a raging anti-Semite? Anyone? Anyone? Bueller? Bueller?


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Ahmadinejad is a fool, and an evil one at that.

The world would be a better place without him.

Daddy-O on April 20, 2009 at 3:45 PM

It’s time for a real U.S. walkout — this time permanently — from the UN.

The fact that a so-called “world body” would give house room to diseased antisemites and racists like Mad Mahmoud is plenty of reason to turn Turtle Bay into a condo development.

MrScribbler on April 20, 2009 at 3:46 PM

You know what would have been better than walking out. Not showing up at all. This conference is farce and no respectable nation should be attending it in the first place.

Lance Murdock on April 20, 2009 at 3:46 PM

I am watching Obama address the CIA on Fox and it’s not a bad speech but I am going to get whiplash watching him turn back and forth from the teleprompter….sigh. It would be so much more effective if I didn’t know he was cribbing.

Dr Evil on April 20, 2009 at 3:47 PM

U.S. Groups Criticize Western Nations for Boycotting U.N. Racism Conference

Groups like the Congressional Black Caucus, Human Rights Watch and the U.S. African Chamber of Commerce say the United States could have made a difference on other issues at a U.N. anti-racism meeting that singled out Israel as a human rights violator.

FOXNews.com

artist on April 20, 2009 at 3:49 PM

A number of nations had already decided to boycott Durban II, led by Canada, with the US shamefully providing little leadership among Western nations until this past weekend.

Blame America first.

radiofreevillage on April 20, 2009 at 3:49 PM

That is what Obama should have done with Ortega started flapping his gums. Glad to see that there are people out there who still have some standards.

Terrye on April 20, 2009 at 3:50 PM

radiofreevillage:

I am not blaming America, I am blaming Barack Obama and his administration.

Terrye on April 20, 2009 at 3:51 PM

That was beautiful. I couldn’t even tell who they were cheering. It seems like it was in support of the walk out.

Still, I very much wish they’d done more than embarrass him.

Esthier on April 20, 2009 at 3:52 PM

It’s also right before Holocaust Remembrance Day.

Illinidiva on April 20, 2009 at 3:53 PM

Bombs Away!

marklmail on April 20, 2009 at 3:54 PM

Lance Murdock on April 20, 2009 at 3:46 PM

I disagree. I think it is makes a stronger statement to show up and walk out. You get the points for attending the conference and some of the serious events and it makes the speaker look foolish when thirty nations delegates get up and walk out. Rather than have the usual headline about the idiotic Iranian leader making an absurd speech we have headlines about people walking out on the clown.

lexhamfox on April 20, 2009 at 3:55 PM

the ONLY thing McShame ever said right…..

Bomb Bomb Bomb IRAN!

SDarchitect on April 20, 2009 at 3:56 PM

I’m not impressed by people walking out of something they never should have attended, in the first place.

The UN must be dissolved. Period. There is nothing else to discuss about this.

progressoverpeace on April 20, 2009 at 3:57 PM

Ahmadinejad is using the RACIST strategy the same as his new buddy Obambi has been using it for years. Anyone they don’t like are obvious racists. Look, Garofalo got the memo too when she charged all tea party goers are racists. That’s the party line. :(

poxoma on April 20, 2009 at 3:57 PM

You know what would have been better than walking out. Not showing up at all. This conference is farce and no respectable nation should be attending it in the first place.

Lance Murdock on April 20, 2009 at 3:46 PM

Exactly what I was thinking. Why were delegates even at the conference to begin with? What were they expecting him to say? I mean, I’m happy about the walkout and all, but they shouldn’t have attended his speech, or the conference, to begin with. And while they’re walking out and grandstanding so they can feel good about themselves, Iran blithely marches on towards a nuclear bomb, and Obama’s not going to do anything substantive to stop it. Too little, too late.

TheQuestion on April 20, 2009 at 3:58 PM

I had read about this online earlier today but, until I saw the video, I didn’t realize what a misnomer the term “United Nations” really is. It wasn’t the fact that the diplomats walked out; it was that the departing diplomats were jeered by those remaining. It was as though the organization has divided into (at least) two parts.

Even if there were some delegates who stayed for the remainder of his speech, don’t they realize that Ahmedinejad has flouted (and is in the process of flouting) multiple Security Council resolutions? Yet he is their hero?

If the UN isn’t doomed, maybe it should be.

Incidentally, the following line in the MSNBC item (carried from AP, I guess) annoyed me:

Joining the U.S. as boycotters were Australia, Canada, Germany, Israel, Italy, Netherlands, New Zealand and Poland.

As is (or should be) well known, Israel and Canada announced their boycott of Durban II last year. The US and the others are recent converts. Thus, if words still mean anything (a perhaps doubtful proposition these days) it should read that “Joining Israel and Canada as boycotters were…”

Blaise on April 20, 2009 at 4:02 PM

This conference is farce and no respectable nation should be attending it in the first place.

Lance Murdock on April 20, 2009 at 3:46 PM

I completely agree, but attending and then walking out like that likely made a bigger impression than if they’d just stayed home. He wasn’t the only speaker.

Esthier on April 20, 2009 at 4:02 PM

It’s time for a real U.S. walkout — this time permanently — from the UN.

The fact that a so-called “world body” would give house room to diseased antisemites and racists like Mad Mahmoud is plenty of reason to turn Turtle Bay into a condo development.

MrScribbler on April 20, 2009 at 3:46 PM

+100

Mommypundit on April 20, 2009 at 4:03 PM

lexhamfox on April 20, 2009 at 3:55 PM

But it’s all theater.

The Apologist on April 20, 2009 at 4:03 PM

I disagree. I think it is makes a stronger statement to show up and walk out. You get the points for attending the conference and some of the serious events and it makes the speaker look foolish when thirty nations delegates get up and walk out. Rather than have the usual headline about the idiotic Iranian leader making an absurd speech we have headlines about people walking out on the clown.

lexhamfox on April 20, 2009 at 3:55 PM

I’m sure the EU nations feel proud of themselves for walking out of Dinnerjacket speech. But you know what, the EU nations still couldn’t get this conference out of the gutter. The EU was working for months in trying to change the tone of the conference and all the EU got were cosmetic changes. This whole conference is still going to be about how evil Israel and US are. The stunt they pulled today is great for today’s news cycle, but if the EU nations and the rest of the Western world pulled out months ago, maybe there could have been real change in the outline of the conference.

Lance Murdock on April 20, 2009 at 4:04 PM

You can’t help but think that if Obama were there, he would have stayed to listen to Abudeenutjob’s entire “speech” because it’s so important to be a good listener.

OxyCon on April 20, 2009 at 4:04 PM

That conference was so U.n.-believable!
terrible pun.

It’s time for a real U.S. walkout — this time permanently — from the UN.

The fact that a so-called “world body” would give house room to diseased antisemites and racists like Mad Mahmoud is plenty of reason to turn Turtle Bay into a condo development.

MrScribbler on April 20, 2009 at 3:46 PM

Let’s kick ‘em out of NYC. How be dat?!

Let the tyrants of the world go party hard and congregate somewhere like Brussels.

blatantblue on April 20, 2009 at 4:07 PM

Those people who walked out of his speech did not walk out of the Conference.

Kudos to them for turning their back on Dinnerjacket, but they should have kept on walking.

YYZ on April 20, 2009 at 4:08 PM

Do any of you appreciate the irony of holding an anti-racism symposium and giving the stage to a raging anti-Semite? Anyone? Anyone? Bueller? Bueller?

Citing irony is against the UN Charter.

Beside, without irony, the entire institution would crumble.

SteveMG on April 20, 2009 at 4:10 PM

Kudos to them for turning their back on Dinnerjacket, but they should have kept on walking.

YYZ on April 20, 2009 at 4:08 PM

You mean members only.

TTheoLogan on April 20, 2009 at 4:10 PM

The UN is hopeless. The Security Council is the only organ of the UN that the US should have anything to do with, and only to keep dangerous resolutions from passing without our veto. We should refuse to pay any dues other than those to support the Security Council. It’s sad, but I don’t think we can even support other bodies like the World Heath Organization because they have been corrupted beyond help.

I am so tired of the West-bashing, the US-bashing, and the Israel-bashing. I really would like to see the US demand a relocation of the UN to a state that would be more in line with the UN’s way of doing things; Zimbabwe, Libya, or perhaps the Congo.

sdillard on April 20, 2009 at 4:10 PM

I read somewhere that only 27% of Americans think the UN is an ally of the US.

So many?

Time and again I have heard internationalists say we have to have the UN…and yet when someone like Saddam uses the UN, circumvents it, corrupts it, defies it…they by and large do not want to do anything about that.

And if North Korea tells them to shove their statement where the sun don’t shine, the same people will refuse to do anything to back up their own statements.

Terrye on April 20, 2009 at 4:13 PM

It’s also right before Holocaust Remembrance Day.

Illinidiva on April 20, 2009 at 3:53 PM

Plus today is Hitler’s birthday.

Shy Guy on April 20, 2009 at 4:13 PM

Let the tyrants of the world go party hard and congregate somewhere like Brussels.

blatantblue on April 20, 2009 at 4:07 PM

I was thinking Tehran. Wouldn’t the UN sycophants love having to follow Sharia law OR ELSE! It would serve them right.

Laura in Maryland on April 20, 2009 at 4:15 PM

A meaningless gesture. Not one of these countries that walked out or that boycotted will lift a finger to prevent Iran from building nuclear weapons. They won’t sit and listen to Ahmadinejad speak badly of Israel – but they will stand by and watch him destroy her.

DamnCat on April 20, 2009 at 4:15 PM

Giving equal representation to every nation in a world where civil liberties are scarce = racist and genocidal UN conferences.

Hey, lefties, how’s Democracy and Diversity working for ya?

Aristotle on April 20, 2009 at 4:16 PM

I was thinking Tehran. Wouldn’t the UN sycophants love having to follow Sharia law OR ELSE! It would serve them right.

Laura in Maryland on April 20, 2009 at 4:15 PM

That is actually a better idea.

Furthermore, let’s put them in Tehran, and make all the male members of the UN delegation wear the traditional clothing for Islamic men, and have the UN women wear the Hijab or Burqa!

blatantblue on April 20, 2009 at 4:22 PM

Does anyone else think this dude looks like a planaria?
http://www.americanaquariumproducts.com/images/graphics/planaria.jpg

bloggless on April 20, 2009 at 4:29 PM

I have a question for the Durban II panel: Do any of you appreciate the irony of holding an anti-racism symposium and giving the stage to a raging anti-Semite? Anyone? Anyone? Bueller? Bueller?

Isn’t that the foundation for “Smart Power”?

When someone finally offs this dude, the world will be a better place.

Marginally, but better nonetheless.

bluelightbrigade on April 20, 2009 at 4:34 PM

A number of nations had already decided to boycott Durban II, led by Canada, with the US shamefully providing little leadership among Western nations until this past weekend.

I hate to get overly technical, but I’m pretty sure that when you are the last one to do something – that doesn’t constitute “leadership.”

If anything, the US staying in until the last minute probably served to keep more contries involved than would have otherwise.

logis on April 20, 2009 at 4:34 PM

The walk out was more tangible than a no show. At the end of the day there is the comforting thought that free non Muslims just told the Muslim world to go f**k itself.

BL@KBIRD on April 20, 2009 at 4:44 PM

Blame America first.

radiofreevillage on April 20, 2009 at 3:49 PM

Equivocation.

Criticism is not blame.

“US shamefully providing little leadership” is an obvious reference to our diplomatic corps, not “America.”

“Blame America first” is the operating principle of the current administration. See Ellsworth’s recent trip to Europe during which he spent most of his time grovelling and blubbering on his knees, literally blaming America for the world’s ills. Or the apparent zest with which he accepted, from a noted America-hater, a book written by a noted America-hater about how America is to blame for all the ills of the world.

/shrug

I write this only for the sake of thoroughness. I’m not operating under the delusion that you give a damn about the truth or justice or any other thing worth arguing for.

You, and all those like you, want power. You’ll do anything, say anything, be anything to get it. Arguments are lost on the utterly and purposefully unprincipled.

spmat on April 20, 2009 at 4:48 PM

Just think Obama and Ahmadinejad will do the book swaps soon.

Barry will give Dreams of my Father
and Ahmadinejad will give a Koran

tjexcite on April 20, 2009 at 4:53 PM

Meanwhile, Obama is taking over the banks. Why no posts on either of these HUGE stories?

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2009/04/19/administration-says-banks-need-bailout-bucks/

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2009/04/20/report-banks-repaying-bailout-funds-face-national-test/

Joe Caps on April 20, 2009 at 4:14 PM

yeah, once they get in, they won’t get out without a proper “stress test” or unless they feel it is “in the country’s best interest” to allow them to be privately owned again… *shudders*

if the lefties figure out they can keep control because a bank “might” fail, or there might be “some risk” to the economy, then they’ll never let go… the free market system doesn’t discriminate, the strong survive, and lefties may use that to their advantage, by way of claiming they must “prevent failure”.

thedude on April 20, 2009 at 4:53 PM

Imagine the messiah walking out after the repeated insults directed at the USA by Latin American thugs this past weekend. Of course, you’d also have to imagine he objected to the insults in the first place.

Golden Boy on April 20, 2009 at 5:01 PM

The UN is not in fact the united nations, but the united governments. Which is a big difference.

Tzetzes on April 20, 2009 at 5:02 PM

That is what Obama should have done with Ortega started flapping his gums.
Terrye on April 20, 2009 at 3:50 PM

How I wish Obama would even think of doing something like walking out on a racist tyrade! Unfortunately, he agreed with much more of Ortega’s speech than we would wish. This is who he is. He was raised and groomed from infancy to believe that the all of the world’s problems are caused by American and European imperialism.

maryo on April 20, 2009 at 5:03 PM

Does anyone know which countries’ delegates stayed to listen to this horror?

maryo on April 20, 2009 at 5:07 PM

Oh, who cares, maryo?

Seriously.

He’s just another nut in a long line of nuts in that region.

I have no doubt that Israel will take him out in a heartbeat. We’ll deal with the negative PR later.

AnninCA on April 20, 2009 at 5:23 PM

Ahmadinejad is a fool, and an evil one at that. The world would will be a better place without him.

Daddy-O on April 20, 2009 at 3:45 PM

FTFY.

His fellow dickeater/nazi Chavez spoke in that pathetic forum, calling our President “the Devil”, and our current dickeater President now plays pattycake with Chavez.

It’s hard to keep score.

Jaibones on April 20, 2009 at 5:27 PM

Not one of them afforded a middle finger flung his way on their walk-out!? I guess I would really be an unorthodox delegate…

Grafted on April 20, 2009 at 5:44 PM

We’re all Socialists racists now.

thebrokenrattle on April 20, 2009 at 5:50 PM

throw that tiny weasel out of the country then throw out the un there a bunch of commies

wade underhile on April 20, 2009 at 5:55 PM

I would have liked to have seen someone throw a horseshoe at him.

fogw on April 20, 2009 at 5:57 PM

Suppose they gave a war UN Conference on racism and nobody came?

thebrokenrattle on April 20, 2009 at 5:59 PM

Good for them!!

al_einstein on April 20, 2009 at 6:06 PM

Well, at least Ahmadinejad got a new official portrait out of the thing…..

ScottG on April 20, 2009 at 6:09 PM

Abracadabrabad is gonna need some friends if Isreal lets loose. He’d better cool it.

johnnyU on April 20, 2009 at 6:52 PM

I’m sure The One can’t wait for a one-on-one meeting.

GarandFan on April 20, 2009 at 7:08 PM

That was just great video! Where are the clown protesters’ videos? The clowns even threw stuff at him. More people need to take a stand against this type of hate speech.

sarahpalinfan99 on April 20, 2009 at 7:38 PM

You know the only thing I want to see out of this little mohammedian is pink smoke.

OkieDoc on April 20, 2009 at 8:03 PM

It is highly ironic that the UN opens its Durban ll “conference against racism” on the occasion of Adolf Hitler’s 120th birthday. Not withstanding its name, this conference is nothing more than an exercise in anti-Semitism and Israel-bashing being led by some of the most racist countries on earth (namely in the Middle East).

The conference is a repeat of Durban 1 held a few years back and which was noted for its singling out of Israel as a “racist” state. This year’s event promises to be the same with the featured speaker none other than Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Fortunately, not only are Israel and the US boycotting the conference, but also Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Canada and Australia. Among European countries who are attending we find the UK and France. The latter should be ashamed.

Today, when Ahmadinejad referred to Israel as a “racist entity”, dozens of EU delegates rose and walked out of the hall. That is well and good, but why were they there to begin with? Why did Swiss President Hans-Rudolf Merz personally meet with Ahmadinejad? Does not the state of Switzerland stand for anything other than being an international banking center?

In addition to the requisite Israel-bashing led by the Arab states, also on the agenda is a move to make it a crime to criticize a religion. Sounds great, but the only religion that is really concerned here is Islam.

What is really astounding is when you examine the countries that are at the forefront of this effort to demonize Israel while making it a violation of international law to “defame” Islam.

First, let’s look at Iran, whose president is the featured speaker. This is the man who has denied the Holocaust and called for Israel to be wiped off the map. In Iran, members of the Ba’hai faith are routinely persecuted as part of a government policy. What do I mean by persecuted? I mean things like arrest, rape and killing. This is the country where women accused of adultery are buried up to their shoulders and stoned to death while the faithful shout, “Allahu Akbar!” This is the country that hangs homosexuals. This is the country that storms emabssies, takes diplomats hostage and finances terror.

In Egypt, members of the Coptic Christian minority are subject to discrimination by the Muslim majority. As in other Middle Eastern countries, mainstream newspapers and magazines publish anti-Semitic rants and cartoons reminiscent of Julius Streicher’s Der Stuermer, the old Nazi anti-Semitic newspaper popular in the Third Reich. In the Middle East, People still write about the Protocols of the Elders of Zion as if it were fact. Mein Kampf is still a best seller in the Middle East. In Saudi Arabia, it is illegal to openly practice any religion other than Islam. Under Islamic law, the penalty for apostasy is death.

Then there is Sudan, a country that has recently chaired the UN Human Rights Council, but has perpetrated the genocide in Darfur.

These are the countries that are sitting in judgement of Israel and complaining about defamation of religion (their own).

What does it say about the Western nations that are attending this travesty? Of course, they will tell you that only by attending can they lend a moderating voice to the madness. That is a cop-out. What they are doing is giving legitimacy to this disgraceful gathering. The UK and France are there because they are afraid of upsetting their Muslim minorities, who are liable to riot in the streets-or worse. Special mention and praise has to go to Germany, a nation with its unique history, that makes it a point to stand up for decency.

The larger issue is what this says about the UN, a corrupt and inefficient organization that is been taken over by the Middle Eastern states. At the UN, anti-Semitism reigns supreme, terrorism is swept under the rug, and the US is used as both a whipping-boy and cash cow. The time has long passed for the decent nations of the world-the democracies-to walk away from the UN and establish a new international organization that stands for something decent.

gary fouse on April 20, 2009 at 8:47 PM

Hopefully, those delegates showed up so that they could walk out on the guy.

Having him at such a conference is disgraceful to begin with.

Dr. ZhivBlago on April 20, 2009 at 10:53 PM

So where’s all the Libtards defending the bail outs, how well they’ve worked and how they’ve ‘saved American jobs’?

Dr. ZhivBlago on April 20, 2009 at 10:54 PM

Sorry, wrong window on the last comment…let me try this again…dangit!

Dr. ZhivBlago on April 20, 2009 at 10:56 PM

The real question is, did the US walk out or stay because Obama agrees to be fair?

amkun on April 20, 2009 at 11:34 PM

I wonder if Ahmadinejad cried himself to sleep over this?

LOL

Jackass.

Black Adam on April 21, 2009 at 1:53 AM

UN on human rights. They are against them.

darktood on April 21, 2009 at 9:20 AM

More proof that racists are their own worst enemies and the walkout of reasonable people to leave the racists to talk to themselves is the best move. Don’t let them intimidate and label you.

Let them have the stage to themselves and they will eventually walk off the edge because they have their heads up their @$$ and have no sense of direction.

MSGTAS on April 21, 2009 at 9:59 AM