Analysis by PMOI/MEK
Iran, February 10, 2020—Every year, on the anniversary of the 1979 Revolution, the Iranian regime’s officials and state-run media engage in widespread propaganda to claim victories in different domains. And this year was no different. But as always, the regime’s lies turned out to have the reverse effect and make a mockery of their efforts to portray themselves as a progressive state.
The regime’s most important project this year was the launch of a satellite into space, which like its previous efforts, resulted in a humiliating failure. The satellite was scheduled to launch on Saturday, but the state-run IRNA news agency reported on the same day, “There will be no launch today” and the launch of the Zafar communications satellite will be postponed to a future date.
But then, in another deceiving news report, the regime claimed, “the Simorgh launcher has successfully launched the Zafar satellite into space. But the launcher didn’t achieve the necessary speed to reach orbit and needs to be optimized for future launches.”
Other propaganda projects
The failed satellite launch is just one of several topics the regime has been advertising on. Other propaganda projects include the following:
- The commander of the regime’s air force claimed on Sunday, “Our aviation industry is above global standards.” This claim comes against the backdrop of four aviation incidents in the past week alone, a little more than a month after the regime’s air defense downed a Ukrainian passenger plane.
- Morteza Bakhtiari, the head of the Khomeini Relief Foundation, said on Sunday, “From 1995 to 2018, 700,000 families have been able to become self-sufficient and no longer need the help of the relief foundation.” Bakhtiari claimed that the Foundation is also committed to creating 70,000 jobs.
- Farhad Dejpasand, the economy minister of Hassan Rouhani, said, “This year’s tax income was unprecedented in the past 20 years.”
Clearly, the regime is rebranding its abandoning of Iranian families and depriving them of their most basic needs as “self-sustenance.” Also, they are describing the plundering of the meager wealth and income of the hardworking people of Iran as an achievement. As for the aviation achievements, the regime is referring to the repair of deprecated F-5 fighters that date to six decades ago as outstanding airplane manufacturing.
Interestingly, on Friday, the regime broadcasted an eight-second report about a meeting between the heads of the three state branches (executive, legislative, and judiciary) to solve the country’s problems, especially economic problems. “The Supreme Economic Coordination Council convened with the heads of the three branches,” the regime’s state-run television reported, which shows the regime’s deadlock. Even its own media can’t say more than a sentence about what the country’s leaders are talking about when it comes to economic issues.
Admission to defeat
This was just a short glimpse of the failed state of the regime. As Mohammad Gharazi, former minister and presidential candidate said, “We have utterly failed in running the country… Our state is neither Islamic nor a republic.”
This means that the regime has humiliatingly failed in all domains, in all its claims and political and strategic goals. Regime founder Ruhollah Khomeini and the rest of the mullahs aimed to consolidate religious and political power to not only seize control of the wealth, assets, and lives of the Iranian people but to also establish a fundamentalist caliphate in the Middle East.
But their efforts have only resulted in the destruction of the Iranian economy and society, and the expansion of strife, chaos, and conflict across the countries of the region. Today, the people of Iran and the Middle East know more than ever that the root of the problems in their countries are the mullahs ruling in Iran, and the only solution is the overthrow of this regime. The flipside of the coin of the mullahs’ brutal rule is the emergence of a strong capacity in Iran, Iraq, Lebanon and other countries of the region to fight for freedom and to stand up against the fundamentalist ideology of the mullahs.
An increasing number of Iranian regime officials are expressing grave concerns as college students across Iran are expanding their anti-regime protests in what is described as a continuation of the November 2019 nationwide uprising.#Iran#IranProtestshttps://t.co/YmhJC1MQb5— People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) (@Mojahedineng) January 17, 2020
As popular protests continue in these countries, Gharazi’s remarks about “utter failure” ring true to all regime officials. On the cusp of the 41st anniversary of the 1979 revolution, Iran is on the verge of another great change.