In a speech that aired on IRINN TV (Iran) on February 25, 2019, IRGC deputy commander Hossein Salami said that the West is in a crisis of morality, human relations, security, poverty, economy, and politics because it has had an "unbalanced expansion of knowledge" and is led by "unwise ignoramuses who usurped the ruling power," such as U.S. President Donald Trump. He said that the West is advanced in chemistry, biology, and physics, but that its science lacks divine guidance and "smart and spiritual leadership."
Following are excerpts:
General Hossein Salami: Einstein properly expressed the formula of relativity and the relationship between mass and energy: E=MC^2. But when this wonderful advancement in experimental science, which completely changed physics and transformed the world, fell into the hands of some unwise and immoral people who lacked the correct political philosophy, the result was the atomic bombs that razed Hiroshima and Nagasaki to the ground in a few consecutive days in 1945.
Why does the West find itself today in a moral crisis, a crisis in human relations, a crisis in security, a crisis of poverty, a crisis in the economy, and a crisis in politics? Why? Because the West has experienced an unbalanced expansion of knowledge. It advanced in the exact science – in chemistry and in biology – but this led to the proliferation of incurable diseases, which can eradicate important parts of the human race.
This science lacks divine guidance. It is guided by unwise ignoramuses who usurped the ruling power.
Why do the Americans with all their power, still say: We are experiencing a decline in our political power.
The Americans admit this. At the beginning, I talked about "Political Discount Rate"- the rate of the decline in the political power. The following question is: Why has this happened? They say that it is "because of lack of charisma-based leadership." It is because they lack smart and spiritual leadership. America is run by leaders at the level of the incumbent U.S. president. If you examine his personality – this is the level of Western civilization.