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THE JERUSALEM POST – Our World: Bankrupting Iran is not enough
Caroline Glick, Aug. 13, 2007
According to a spate of recent media reports, Iran’s economy is on the skids. It works out that aside from being a messianic, genocidal killer, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is also an economic dunce.
Ahmadinejad entered office two years ago after running a populist campaign pledging to share Iran’s oil and gas revenues with the Iranian people. As his campaign slogan put it, Ahmadinejad would „put petroleum income on people’s tables.“ But two years into his tenure, the economy is failing. While the government places inflation rates at 12-13 percent, Radio Farda reported that Iran’s Parliament Research Center indicates that the rate is actually closer to 20 percent.
Interviewed on Radio Farda, Iranian economist Fereidun Khavand explained that most of Iran’s economic woes are the direct result of Ahmadinejad‘ s economic foolishness. The chaotic economic situation, Khavand noted came after Ahmadinejad „shifted the circle of economic decision-making from the Ministry of Finance and Economics, the Planning and Management Committee, and the Iranian Central Bank to the presidential administration solely.“
Ahmadinejad‘ s economic mismanagement, which includes discouraging international investment by destabilizing the region politically through his bellicose rhetoric and frenetic advance of Iran’s nuclear weapons program and support for global jihad, has singled him out for opprobrium by Iran’s intellectual elites. In June, 57 Iranian economists signed an open letter condemning Ahmadinejad‘ s policies and accusing him of „ignoring the basic principles of economics.“ The economists warned that „government mismanagement is inflicting a huge cost on the economy and underscores that high oil revenues over the last two years can only delay the imminent economic crisis.“