Jerusalem, June 27 – Iran’s Vice President Mohammad-Reza Rahimi shocked diplomats when he gave a brazenly anti-Semitic speech at an international drug conference in Iran.
“This was definitely one of the worst speeches I have heard in my life. My gut reaction was: why are we supporting any cooperation with these people,” a European diplomat told the New York Times.
Rahimi’s vitriolic attack accused “Zionists” of being behind the international trade in narcotics, despite the fact that neighboring Afghanistan is the world’s largest producer of illegal heroin.
The speech may have been intended to deflect attention from the fact that Iran “remains one of the primary transshipment routes for Southwest Asian heroin to Europe” and “suffers one of the highest opiate addiction rates in the world,” the Times of Israel reported.
Rahimi’s comments came only days before an additional European oil embargo will be slapped on top of existing economic sanctions for Iran’s refusal to cooperate with the United Nations and open its nuclear development program to inspection. Despite Iranian claims that its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes, the International Atomic Energy Agency issued several reports concluding that some Iranian nuclear activities could only be used for developing nuclear weapons.
His immediate boss, Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinajad, is known for his vehement anti-Israel rhetoric and for exhorting crowds at massive pro-government rallies to chant “death to Israel – death to America.”