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Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati, an influential hardline figure in Iran, has described the crisis as a punishment.
“As Americans are happy to see problems in Iran we are happy to see the US economy disturbed and problems extended to Europe,” he said recently. “They see the results of their vicious acts and God is punishing them.”
A senior Syrian official said the fall-out showed “the US is no longer a superpower. It is a big power.”
Hardliners are under the impression that the crisis will not directly affect their economies, and assume that the apparent failure of liberal policies vindicates their view that the state must continue to play a central role
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