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Iran's Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, in his own contradictory words

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On the one hand he said governments in the West “have invented a myth that Jews were massacred.” He then said that, regarding the extermination of 6 million Jews during World War II, “it seems [Europeans] are right in their claim because they insist on it and arrest and imprison those who oppose it.”

Here are six more issues that the leader of Iran has contradicted himself on.

On weapons:

  • “The nuclear bomb is a fire against humanity, rather than a weapon of defense. The possession of nuclear bombs is not a source of pride. Its possession is disgusting and shameful.” – Monday at the NPT Review Conference
  • “Iran can recruit hundreds of suicide bombers a day. Suicide is an invincible weapon. Suicide bombers in this land showed us the way, and they enlighten our future.” – April 1, 2007

On attacking others:

  • NPT members should consider "any threat to use nuclear weapons or attack against peaceful nuclear facilities as a breach of international peace and security." – Monday at the NPT Review Conference
  • “As soon as the new [Iran] government is established, with power and authority, ten times more than before, it will enter the global scene and will bring down the global arrogance. … we will not allow the arrogant [powers[ to even have one night of good sleep." – July 16, 2009, addressing a crowd in the northeastern city of Mashhad
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