Iranian leaders say the world financial crisis indicates the end of capitalism, the failure of liberal democracy and divine punishment — marking the superiority of the Islamic republic’s political model.
“The school of Marxism has collapsed and the sound of the West’s cracking liberal democracy is now being heard,” supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Monday, recalling the fate of the Soviet Union.
Hardline President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who is backed by Khamenei, said on Tuesday that “it is the end of capitalism.”
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Such convictions can be traced back to the ideals of the 1979 Islamic revolution, which Ahmadinejad has sought to revive since he rose to power in 2005.
The firebrand president, who has not missed a chance to denounce Western “decadence” since his election, has exploited the scale of the global crisis to play up his argument.
He benefits from the luxury that the Tehran stock market has been unaffected by the losses that bourses in neighbouring Gulf states have suffered. That stability is attributable to the absence of foreign investors and to the government’s firm grip on economic activity.
Several Iranian newspapers, regardless of their reformist or conservative leanings, have also blamed the global economic crisis on excessive liberalism.
And some officials, such as the head of Iran’s electoral watchdog body, have come up with less conventional theories and branded the turmoil as “divine punishment.”
“These people see the outcome of their bad deeds. This problem has spread to Europe now which makes us happy. The unhappier they are the happier we become,” Ayatollah Ali Janati, who heads the Guardians Council, said in last Friday’s prayer sermon.
Ahmadinejad has recently echoed that, saying “the reason of their defeat is that they have forgotten God and piety.”
— From AFP
Below from Iran’s State media IRNA
Iran Will Cut Off Hands of Aggressors: Ahmadinejad
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Wednesday that the Iranian nation will strongly cut off hands of aggressors.
President Ahmadinejad made the remark an his address to a large crowd of enthusiastic people in Gilan province on Wednesday.
The president is visiting the province on the second round of his provincial tours to follow up implementation of the projects that had been approved during the first round of his provincial tours.
Referring to Iran’s peaceful nuclear program, he said the enemies did their best to deprive the Iranian people of their legitimate rights but to no avail.
By grace of Almighty God, resistance of Iranian people under wise leadership of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran’s flag has been hoisted with pride worldwide and the enemies feel ashamed, he said.
They have confessed to their defeat in the face of the Iranian nation as well as all other nations around the globe, he said.
Addressing the arrogant powers, he said, “You have committed so many crimes and now should stop it, it is time to return to God, justice and a decent life which will be to your benefit,” he said.
“If you inject even dlrs 100 billion a week into your ailing economy, you will not survive,” underlined the president.
“Your fate will not be much better than that of Pharaoh and Nimrod, unless you repent,” he said.
The Iranian nation is unified and will cut off the hands of any aggressor, underlined President Ahmadinejad.
“28 years ago you imposed a cruel war on the Iranian nation but the brave Iranian nation pushed you towards a humiliating defeat,” he said.
“Our youths are capable enough to give you a crushing response,” underlined the president.
The president’s speech was interrupted several times by the crowd chanting “Death to America”.
Tyranny and violation of people’s rights are the root cause of economic recession in the West, the president said.
It is about 30 years that the great Iranian nation has been exposed to economic and political pressures only because they wanted to be independent and believe in monotheism, he said.
“We have heard that since the beginning of Iraq’s occupation, over 100 million barrels of oil have been taken out from the country,” he said.
President Ahmadinejad, along with his Cabinet members arrived in the city of Rasht, capital of the northern province of Gilan Wednesday morning.
He made the initiative to visit different provinces since he took office in 2005 in order to bring the government closer to ordinary people.
The president will also hold a Cabinet meeting in Rasht to discuss the needs of the province.