OWS vs capitalism: battle is on
While American officials were quick to point the blame towards Tehran, leaders today overseas are firing back at the States — not for their allegations but for their lack of leadership that has allowed the Occupy Wall Street movement to gain momentum. Leading Iran figurehead Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Iranian television today that the United States is engrossed in a crisis due to the increasing severity of the Occupy Wall Street movement, which has spread from a dozen demonstrators in Lower Manhattan to thousands of protesters from coast-to-coast (and even abroad) in only a few short weeks. Speaking today, Khamenei said that the United States’ "corrupt foundation has been exposed to the American people” and that a revolt will continue to be waged."They (US government) may crack down on this movement but cannot uproot it," Khamenei said. "Ultimately, it will grow so that it will bring down the capitalist system and the West."Khamenei added that "the world is at a historical turn” and that capitalism in the West will soon come to a close.Back in America, the very protesters participating in the demonstrations are largely agreeing that the government has done little to acknowledge the Occupy Wall Street movement, let alone take any steps towards alleviating any of the grievances that crowds have been rallying against from coast-to-coast. Earlier this week, hip-hop artist Immortal Technique spoke to RT and said that “People that are on Wall Street, people that are in the government, a lot of them are refusing . . . to acknowledge their responsibility in what’s causing all of this.”Pundit Cenk Uygur also added to RT that the politicians that are slowly starting to show support — or at least recognize the movement — are acting hypocritical. The same leaders and lawmakers that are now speaking out to side with the protesters are the very same that have caused the situation that America is in.“My estimation is that 99 percent of the Republican Party is bought. And at least 80 percent of the Democratic Party is bought,” Uygur told RT last week. “I hope that the right, the center, everyone joins this movement and that we can do it together.”Speaking from Iran today, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s remarks drew a live audience of tens of thousands in addition to the throngs that tuned in live on television.