Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei responded to the financial crisis sweeping the world by insisting it was merely a symbol of the decline and collapse of western liberal democracy. He claimed liberalism in the world was simply following the example of Marxism which collapsed at the end of the twentieth century. “Now, the name of Marxism does not exist, and liberal democracy with all its political, economic, and military power, has been knocked to the ground before the eyes of all the world.” In sharp contrast to western liberalism, argues the Iranian leader, Islamic thought is gaining in power.
Khamenei claimed as Marxism collapsed, liberal democracy found itself without a powerful opponent and embarked on a frenzy of economic activities as well as practicing a unilateral approach to extending its power into Islamic regions of the world. “Today, the false bubble of money has popped in the Western world, and they themselves say that the era of U.S. hegemony has come to an end.”
Unfortunately, the Iranian leader presides over a nation which has an incredibly high unemployment rate, tortures and kills opponents, and has an economy that is is sore need of some old fashioned liberal democracy to jump start it. Democracy is alive and well and will weather this storm just as it will end Bush extremism and militarism.