Analysis by PMOI/MEK
March 23, 2019 - Gloomy prospects for the Islamic Republic of Iran in the new Persian year including a crumbling economy, increasing popular dissent and further political isolation, has intensified the usual infighting between the ruling elite.
The situation has become so bad that some members of Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei’s faction talk even about a “purge without bloodshed” of Hassan Rouhani’s faction.
In an article titled “Towards a great birth,” Vatan-e Emrooz newspaper wrote on March 18: “For the second step to become operational the revolution needs to be reborn and its master key isn’t relations with the headman or anything else but increasing transparency in every structure and institution of the Islamic Republic.”
“In its second step, the revolution will automatically purge itself from people who receive astronomical salaries and are still not satisfied, and this purge will happen without bloodshed,” the newspaper gravely warns.
On the same day, Siasat-e Rooz, another newspaper close to regime supreme leader Ali Khamenei’s faction also published an article titled “The revolutionary path without stop and defeat,” and asked: “How should we start the new year and continue?”
The newspaper warns Rouhani’s faction and says: “You should always pay attention that you can’t count on foreigners. If the approach is still engaging Europe, you can’t be hopeful that the economic difficulties will be resolved. The nuclear agreement in its life not only didn’t solve any problems but gave birth to other problems too.”
“The country needs some changes in its structures so that it can cross difficult passes using young, effective, committed, and skilled forces,” it writes.
While clearly calling Khamenei’s faction “revolutionary,” the newspaper addresses Rouhani’s faction and writes: “Now is the time to give the management of the country to the front of revolutionaries so that through revolutionary and Jihadi management, they employ the solutions [needed] to solve the problems that were created through a thinking opposed to Islamic Revolution’s thinking.”
The newspaper concludes the article by implicitly declaring the hardliners’ eagerness to purge the other faction writing: “Now, after the statement of the second step of the revolution the feeling of revolutionary commitment has been created in the hardworking and energetic camp of revolutionary youth.”
Keyhan newspaper, Khamenei’s mouthpiece, published an article on March 17 and wrote that “the greatest achievement of last year” is “the end of the illusion of counting on the West.”
“We started last year while a majority of officials were sort of strategically disoriented,” Keyhan wrote.
“Sanctions created problems and damages, but the creative mind and the hammer of effort destroy the wall of sanctions, not sitting behind negotiating tables, making concessions, and throwing pens,” Keyhan adds.
“Going beyond the illusion of counting on the West and the end of this imaginary fata morgana for the public and officials has been a time consuming and of course costly process,” Keyhan further writes.
Threatening Rouhani’s faction with a purge with this clarity is a new phenomenon that shows that increasing pressure on the Iranian regime is depriving it of the capacity to continue its decades-long circus of moderates vs. hardliners while in truth all of them have been a façade for the blood thirsty reality of the ruling theocracy in Tehran.
It appears that the second step of the revolution, as Khamenei put it, may be the start of the end of the so-called moderates.