Here's a small excerpt from that interview:
Interestingly, however, Ahmadinejad made sure to defend his comments (perhaps, a preemptive move of some sorts?) at a press conference. Here's how Iran's PressTV covered it:
Of course, it is funny to see the spin he has tried giving to the whole issue:
"I believe this is assistance to [Americans]. I've tried to open the way for them, so they leave Afghanistan and Iraq respectably. Is this bad? This is very good assistance. It's certainly humanitarian. It's assistance to the people of Afghanistan and Iraq, and it's also assistance to the soldiers of America and NATO, who are getting killed; and also to the people in the West, who are paying the taxes while their soldiers are getting killed. This is assistance."
I wonder if he really, genuinely thinks this is working...
Of special note, however, is a statement he made "by the way": something American public diplomacy practitioners and thinkers have been emphasizing over and over again:
"[Americans] are accustomed to talking all the time. They're not accustomed to listening."
Wow. Now, it is even coming from the Iranian President himself...!? Perhaps it's high time to give it a serious thought?
And of course, I can't leave this post without the spice. Although, on multiple occasions before, I had promised to stop complaining about Russia Today TV (RT) - their content, framing, approach - the temptation to go back is just too strong. So, I just decided not to resist - at all - especially given the whole new propaganda era that Russia's international broadcaster seems to have got into recently: RT America. (There will be much more on this over the coming weeks...)
Here's a piece they had last evening. I'm sure you will find it at least as amusing as it was for me...