Over the years, Iranian leaders have criticized capitalism and called for a worldwide economic and financial system based on Islam.

Now, Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who holds the real power in Iran, has taken common cause with the grungy Occupy Wall Street protesters, claiming that they will bring down American capitalism…

Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei underlined the western nations’ growing tendency for Islam and Islamic values, and said that the US and European nations are disappointed with the capitalist system.

“Today the Islamic Republic’s words about the unfruitfulness of the Marxist system have been proved and the same thing is happening to the capitalist system,” Ayatollah Khamenei said, addressing Sunni and Shiite clerics, theology students and teachers and jurisprudents in the Western Kermanshah province Wednesday night.

He also stressed the rising tides of Islamism in the world, and called on Islamic scholars to double their efforts to illuminate the concepts and values of Islam to the world people.

The Supreme Leader said that the Occupy Wall Street movement will bring down capitalism in America, underlining that the US administration could crack down, but would not be able to stop the movement.

He said the United States’ capitalist system is now in a full-blown crisis because its “corrupt foundation has been exposed to the American people”.

Iranian officials, specially President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, have always said that capitalism is on the verge of collapse.

“The Capitalist system of economy is on the edge of collapse after the same thing happened to the Socialist (school of) economy,” President Ahmadinejad said in his address in the 10th Summit of the Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) here in Tehran in 2009.

The Iranian president further strongly criticized the unjust economic policies established by the rich states, and blasted injection of billions of dollars into the world economy, noting, “Unfortunately, the nations of the world are paying costs of the wrong theories, policies and economic measures laid by some certain states and international economic systems.”

Also, Commander of Iran’s Basij (volunteer) force Brigadier General Mohammad Reza Naqdi said in September that the capitalist system is dying since it has violated even its own rules and values.

“The Capitalist system is dying and will witness its demise soon, and the reason behind the fall of the world of arrogant powers lies in the fact that they have violated their own principal values and naturally they should expect nothing but a complete annihilation,” Naqdi said, addressing a gathering of Basij commanders here in Tehran.



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