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IRAN PRESUMABLY BLAMING ISRAEL FOR COLLAPSE OF RIAL AND SUBSEQUENT RIOTS
October 3 2012
Tehran, Iran – There doesn’t seem to be any trouble that Iran has not been able to embed itself in over the last little while. Clearly the biggest problem the country is facing right now is the omnipresent threat of war with Israel and the United States hanging over them but that is not the end of it.
This week the country was hit with a problem now all too common in the world, an economic one. The Rial, the currency in Iran, has seen a dramatic downtick in the last few days. While sanctions, and global economic conditions, have seen the Rial lose upwards of 80 percent of its value against the dollar this year, it has dropped 17 percent since Monday, a very steep decline.
That in turn has led to internal trouble in a nation already on edge, a nation upset with its government and one facing a possible war. That has led to people taking to the streets to protest all manner of things and of course the government fighting back, using police forces to crack down on people who dare defy the government, and of course blaming everyone but themselves for the problem.
“We are not a people to retreat on the nuclear issue. If somebody thinks they can pressure Iran, they are certainly wrong and they must correct their behaviour,” said President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad during a press conference. “The currency issues are part of an economic war waged by the West on Iran and a psychological war on the exchange market.”
Ahmadinejad did not directly mention Israel as part of the problem but it’s pretty safe to assume he blames them too.
The country has created special military and police units to deal with protestors and pull gold and foreign currency out of private homes, something they believe will help restore value to the Rial.
“Clearly the economic conditions all over the world are not helping the situation in Iran but it really is the sanctions that are doing the most damage, Ahmadinejad is right about that but of course that’s actually completely and totally a part of the plan, has been from the beginning really, that’s been the whole idea from the start,” said Scrape TV International analyst Gustav Hander. “The idea was to put pressure on the country so that they would abandon the nuclear program and clearly there has been a lot of pressure put on the country so from that perspective it has worked. That was really the plan so blame doesn’t really fly here.”
Ahmadinejad did concede that he was willing to discuss the nuclear program with the U.S. but likely with a lot of conditions.
“There are other factors at play in the economic troubles as well including the fact that Iran is run by a bunch of loonies whose primary interest is in antagonizing the West and spending money on a nuclear program they really don’t need aside from advancing that acrimony with other countries. That certainly hasn’t helped the situation,” continued Hander. “Of course all of that has allowed them to blame the West and Israel for a whole bunch of new things now and that will certainly make some people happy, unless of course the people overthrow them which is something the people should really do. That would be best for everyone.”
It’s believed that despite their education and Western attitudes, the Iranian people likely will not overthrow the government because they are cowards for the most part.
Emil Uliya, International Correspondent