The Occupy Movement has all but disappeared from media coverage and prominence in America, but that didn't stop Iran's so-called "supreme leader" from praising its tenets on Thursday. According to CNS News, the oft-dubbed radical theocratic leader said that Occupy is merely evidence that many people around the world are "losing their patience" with the United States' and Israel's purported global dominance.
"The 99-percent movement of the American people against the centers of wealth and power in America and the widespread protests of the people in Western Europe against the economic policies of their governments show that the people are losing their patience with this situation," Khamenei was quoted as saying by the Fars News Agency. "Torture and assassination are permissible and completely ignored if they are carried out by America, the Zionists and their puppets"
He also said that the current dynamic is a "faulty international structure" and that "it is necessary to remedy this irrational situation." These comments were made at the 16th Non-Aligned Movement Summit (NAM) in Tehran, Iran, an event that spans from August 26 through August 31.
CNS describes the assembly as follows: "The summit now taking place in Iran includes 120 developing nations that sought to remain outside the U.S. and Soviet spheres of influence during the Cold War." U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and other heads of state are in attendance, providing Iran with a platform from which to claim that the U.S. no longer corners the market on dictating what should and shouldn't occur on a global scale.
Khamenei's comments covered other issues as well. On the nuclear front, the Iranian leader said that his country "has never been after nuclear weapons." As far as the Arab Spring goes, he encouraged those at the meeting to embrace the movement and to use it to boost the NAN's standing in international issues and affairs.
"And finally, we should consider the Islamic Awakening in the region and the fall of the dictatorships in North Africa, which were dependent on America and were accomplices to the Zionist regime, as a great opportunity. We can help improve the 'political productivity' of the Non-Aligned Movement in global governance," he said, going on to highlight how the group can better embed itself in cultural and economic globalism.
"We can prepare a historic document aimed to bring about a change in this governance and to provide for its administrative tools. We can plan for effective economic cooperation and define paradigms for cultural relationships among ourselves," Khamenei added.
Read his complete commentary here.
(H/T: CNS News)