Controversial presidential candidate Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is confident that the United States is in no way a threat to his home nation of Iran, as he believes the his country is so powerful that it cannot be harmed by any others. The rather bold statement was issued during an interview the former Iranian leader gave to the Associated Press (AP), in which he was asked whether he views America’s recent airstrike on Syria as a warning to his own country.
The Spokesman-Review reveals that Mahmoud Ahmadinejad spoke to AP directly from his office in the nation’s capital of Tehran, and essentially scoffed at the idea that Iran’s government could possibly be threatened by the likes of Donald Trump and the U.S. government.
As reported by The Indian Express, the question was raised for two reasons, the first being the announcement at the beginning of Trump’s reign that Iran was being “put on notice” in regards to their frequent missile tests, and second the execution of said airstrike on Syria at the hands of the United States government.
Given that Iran has publicly announced their support for Syria’s Bashar al-Assad’s reign of terror, it was understandable that the AP ask if Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was worried that his country could be next on the list of those to be given “warnings,” as it were. However, the 60-year-old is adamant that neither he nor those in government will be shaken and will continue to hold their ground when it comes to this matter. He also has no plans, should he become president once more, to pull the nation’s military forces out of Syria, this according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution.
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad did, however, do his best not to say anything that could potentially alienate voters or raise controversy with clerical authorities, particularly Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, who advised the former leader against submitting his name for elections once more. The Aradan native proceeded to register anyway, and although the Ayatollah has the final say it does not look good in terms of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s respect for authority.
He also took care not to repeat or even address certain controversial remarks he has made in the past, particularly concerning Iran’s missile program, the Holocaust or Israel in general. In addition, the father of three also avoided questions concerning just how the United States and Israeli governments would react to him being re-elected, should Iranian voters decide to put him in power once more come May 19.
By Lorelai Zelmerlow