The Iranian FarsNews newswire just released a new statement from Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadenijad as to what, in his analysis, the reasons for the Wall Street downfall are. Speaking to journalists, he blamed America’s military intervention abroad, saying:
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad declared Monday that the turmoil on Wall Street was rooted in part in US military intervention abroad and voiced hope that the next American administration would retreat from what he called President Bush’s “logic of force.” …
“Problems do not arise suddenly,” he said. “The US government has made a series of mistakes in the past few decades. First, the imposition on the US economy of heavy military engagement and involvement around the world . . . the war in Iraq, for example. . . . These are heavy costs.”
Had this been the full text of the statement, dayenu. Americans are already quite familiar with the rising costs of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and the horrible effect they have had on America’s fiscal health.
However, Ahmadenijad also went on to stress that Israel “was doomed like an airplane that has lost its engine” and that Western intelligence documents “questioning the peaceful purpose of Iran’s nuclear program” were “crude forgeries.” Ahmadenijad also gave his assessment of the Iranian economic situation:
Ahmadinejad acknowledged that the sanctions, the global financial crisis and wars in neighboring Iraq and Afghanistan were hurting Iran’s oil-fueled economy.
But the Iranian president, who is seeking reelection next year, said that 98% of Iranians support his government and that “we do not have poor people or people who live below the poverty line to the extremes that you find in the United States.”
It must be nice to be a president who enjoys 98% support and zero (extreme?) poverty. (Such a poverty statistic has a margin of error of at least, oh, 9 percent at a minimum, and the 98% support belies the fact that, well, let’s just say it’s not so easy to voice a dissenting political opinion in Iran.)
Someone so well-accustomed to a state of affairs so distant from reality will likely not be readily swayed by speeches or strongly worded UN statements.