Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, who has not been seen in public for more than three weeks, has issued a message urging Iranians to produce more babies, which he said is essential for the future of the Islamic Republic.
“Young image is an essential and important issue for the country, and the countries which have faced aging population have overcome the issue in a difficult way,” Ayatollah Khamenei said in his message addressed to the national conference of the population changes, the official IRNA news agency reported on Thursday.
“It is necessary, therefore, to carry out essential and scientific work to resolve this issue,” Khamenei added.
“We always wonder how life is going to be if we have four or five children; we should also think that if we have four or five children and if they are able to find jobs they will contribute to the development of the country,” he noted.
He said 150 million is the “minimum” that Iran should have and that it is capable for more.
Good luck with that scientific work too. Maybe if Iran’s theocracy spent less time and money trying to kill people and more time building up a prosperous economy, it might have the resources to sustain population growth.
Instead Iran chose nukes over butter. It chose to engage in a series of pointless conflicts that have brought it nothing but misery and poverty.
Iranian women bore 7 children in 1970, and an average of 1.5 today, the same as Europe. In the UN’s “low variant” forecast, fertility will fall to just 1 child per female.
What happened between 1970 and today? The Iranian Revolution.