Iran: Bush inciting confrontation

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) – Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Thursday that U.S. President George W. Bush sent a ”message of confrontation” during his recent Mideast trip.

Bush spent much of his visit to the region rallying support among Arab allies for a strong stance against Iran.

”President George Bush sent a message to the Iranian people and all the nations worldwide,” said Ahmadinejad during an interview with Al Jazeera television. ”This message reflects his own conceptions and it is a message of rift, a message of sowing the seeds of division. It is a message of confrontation demeaning the dignity of mankind.”