Iran casts assassination plot as US attempt to distract from 'Occupy Wall Street'
A day after the US publicly accused Iran of an assassination plot, Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei countered with a different narrative.
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Those problems are corrosive – the start of a broader Western collapse – according to Iran's supreme religious leader Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, who on Wednesday addressed a large rally in the western Iranian city of Kermanshah.Skip to next paragraph
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Ayatollah Khamenei did not directly address the murder plot charges. But he painted a gleaming picture of the Islamic Republic on the rise – and its enemies in the West in decline.
That calculation may not match those of most Iran experts, but a very discernible flash of joy crossed Khamenei's face when he began speaking about the Occupy Wall Street "movement."
"The people of America are excited, they are out on the street, that is important," Khamenei said, according to a simultaneous translation on state-run PressTV. The US government "wants to undermine this, to downplay this, and they are trying hard still to do that."
"One day, this movement will be boasting of itself, it will totally rock and destroy the capitalist system," predicted Khamenei, as a news ticker at the bottom of the screen stated that the "Anti Wall Street campaign spreads to over 1,400 towns and cities across US," and that protesters in New York now "march on US billionaires' homes."
Khamenei noted banners in the US protests saying that, "We are the 99 percent."
"That means the majority, the 99 percent of the American population, are condemned by 1 percent," averred Khamenei. "The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan were launched by those 1 percent, but the damages are incurred by the 99 percent. This is how the people in America were awakened."
"Of course there [is] propaganda warfare and psychological warfare by American officials and the CIA," Khamenei added. "They are really forceful and powerful and may overcome these movements, but the fact of the matter is out there ... this is the Western liberal democracy with all those false claims."
A pretense for new security measures?
Others in Iran connected the dots between the murder plot allegations and their reading of a US demise, and even tried to account for its timing.
Fars News Agency said US officials and media had "started staging a new scenario against Tehran" to divert global attention from "uprisings in the US" and across the Middle East, and to "launch a new wave of security measures in the US."
Fars stated that historically the US would "launch psychological operations against Washington's foes in sensitive junctures," and that today it had a host of reasons for this "new puppet show," from stepping up pressure on Iran in nuclear talks to hiding the "massacre" of protesters by US allies in the Middle East.
The worldview of Fars: "This new act can help the White House to start a new wave of security measures across the US ... to better clamp down on Wall Street protests which have overwhelmed the country."