Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has been making the media rounds, as world leaders met at the United Nations in New York City to field questions about everything from Syria to nuclear weapons.
In an interview with the Associated Press, Ahmadinejad expressed his views on his "new order," which will inevitably replace the current era of what he referred to as U.S. bullying.
Ahmadinejad explained that it would be an order in which the U.S. and the traditional powers play a smaller role and every country has equal standing (though the state of Israel, he often predicts, will soon become a historical footnote).
Here’s what Iran’s head honco said:
"God willing, a new order will come and will do away with ... everything that distances us…All of the animosity, all of the lack of sincerity will come to an end. It will institute fairness and justice."
He said the world was losing patience with the current state of affairs.
"Now even elementary school kids throughout the world have understood that the United States government is following an international policy of bullying…I do believe the system of empires has reached the end of the road. The world can no longer see an emperor commanding it."
He also discussed solutions for the Syrian civil war, dismissed the question of Iran's nuclear ambition and claimed that despite Western sanctions his country is better off than it was when he took office in 2005.
As Jews worldwide are observing Yom Kippur, Ahmadinejad refers to the state of Israel as the "Zionists."
And when asked on Monday about author Salman Rushdie, he made no attempt to distance himself from recent renewed threats on the author's life emanating from an Iranian semi-official religious foundation.
"If he is in the U.S.," said the President of Iran, "you should not broadcast it for his own safety."
Ahmadinejad is truly a mad man; a new order, threatening writers and the state of Israel becoming a historical footnote? This dude is off his rocker.