Last night, I watched the interview with Ahmadinejad, conducted by Piers Morgan, on his television show. I was impressed with the way Morgan handled the interview. He elicited answers from Ahmadinejad that I’ve heard before. For example, Morgan asked Ahmadinejad what he meant by his often quoted remark that he wants “to wipe Israel off the map.”
Ahmadinejad answered: “So when we say ‘to be wiped’, we say for occupation to be wiped off from this world. For war-seeking to be wiped off and eradicated, the killing of women and children to be eradicated. And we propose the way. We propose the path. The path is to recognize the right of the Palestinians to self-governance.”
Morgan then asked Ahmadinejad whether he believes in a two-state solution, to which Ahmadinejad said: “I cannot express an opinion. That is their prerogative. But the people of Palestine must be allowed by everyone, and helped by everyone, to allow them, to give them the right to choose for themselves.”
The most important part of the interview was when Ahmadinejad was asked about his Holocaust denial. Ahmadinejad answered by asking why researchers in Europe are not allowed to research the Holocaust, and are put in prison if they research the Holocaust.
Morgan asked Ahmadinejad point blank: “Do you believe that 6 million Jews were annihilated by Adolf Hitler and the Nazis? Do you believe that as a fact?”
Ahmadinejad then pointed out that the way that Morgan was phrasing the question implied the correct answer which he wanted to hear from Ahmadinejad. “You pose a question and you are willing to hear only what you want to hear. Do you want my answer or your opinion….Why do you want to impose your answer on me?”
Piers Morgan also asked Ahmadinejad about his accusation that the American government was “partly responsible” for the 9/11 attack on America. This part of the interview starts at 4:15 on the video below.