Analysis by PMOI/MEK
Feb. 15, 2019 - While Iranian regime Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei had already warned the quarrelling factions among the Iranian theocratic ruling elite to refrain from snapping at each other during the February 11 state-run demonstrations across the country, the factions themselves couldn’t help but accuse each other of creating the country’s current economic misery and escalating political crises.
On February 8, Khamenei referred to Karaj Friday prayer Imam’s opposition to Majlis (parliament) Speaker Ali Larijani’s speech and said: “There is a difference of opinion and you disagree for any reason. That official, this chair, that gentleman, you don’t accept them, that’s no problem, but the February 11 demonstration isn’t a place for retaliation.”
Jomhuri Eslami newspaper wrote on February 12 that “February 11 has become an opportunity for political retaliation,” and reports from Karaj that “the Friday prayer Imam, as if he has an important duty, takes the microphone and says that I have only one sentence for the people: In the future, give the key to someone who can open the locks! That’s all!”
The “key” analogy refers to an infamous speech by Hassan Rouhani before the presidential elections where he boasted that he holds the “key” to Iran’s problems.
“It appears that undermining the government and criticizing the president has become a religious duty for a movement who has stage,” Jomhuri further writers.
Interestingly, the newspaper concludes: “Alas, like the people who leave their unbearable difficulties in their homes and come to the streets, in the future, officials would leave monopolization and hate, but alas! Experience shows that this won’t happen.”
Khamenei’s Keyhan newspaper published an article titled, “Demonstrators warn about passing the FATF bills [into law]” and writes: “Yesterday, February 11, Tehran demonstrators carried placards that warned about passing Financial Action Task Force’s bills (FATF) into law under the pressure of enemies.”
“Tehran citizens carried banners saying that ‘one shouldn’t commit suicide out of fear for death’ and ‘no to FATF’ to express their opposition to accepting the programs of this group,” Keyhan further writes.
Iran newspaper, the mouthpiece of Hassan Rouhani’s government, reveals another part of the inner-fighting during the February 11 demonstrations, where banners and placards attack Ali Larijani and Hassan Rouhani.
“You who are the reason behind inflation, I hope you won’t remain until new year!” one banner reads.
“The people are on the way toward revolution, the gentlemen are thinking about accumulating riches!” another placard says.
Iranian Supreme leader’s inability to curb the tensions among the different ruling factions at a time when at least the appearance of unity has existential importance for the whole Islamic Republic is rooted in a widespread belief that the ruling theocratic system in Iran has been proven wrong in its beliefs, worldview and philosophy.
Although the Islamic Republic’s constitution bestows every political, executive, and spiritual mandate and authority on the Supreme Leader, connecting it to other-worldly beliefs and Islamic Sharia laws, the Supreme Leader himself is incapable of declaring truce between even the ruling factions once a year when they celebrate the very existence of the Islamic Republic for the world to see.
So much for authority.
But this state of semi-chaos is deeply rooted in a consciously or unconsciously felt sense that the only prospect for the Islamic Republic, at least in its current state, is no prospect at all.