Though the Obama administration believes that they have scored a victory by reaching out to the radical Iranian government of Hassan Rouhani, along with the famous phone call between Obama and Rouhani on mending economic, diplomatic, and political ties with the West, the actual facts on the ground and the nuances of the situation in Iran have revealed a different picture.
Despite Obama’s efforts to reach out to the new president of Iran, and despite the current hope in mending political, economic, and diplomatic ties between the United States and Iran, as soon as President Hassan Rouhani reached Tehran, Islamic radicals and principalists— who are extremely loyal to the Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei— walked on an American flag and spat on Obama’s image in various cities throughout Iran. One of the media outlets of the Revolutionary Guard, Mashregh, published a photo showing these actions.
Amir Muhammad, a 23-year-old student of management at Tehran Islamic Azad University, stated, “Our government and our principles should be based on Imam Rooh Allah Khomeini’s and Khamenei’s ideals. We should never surrender to the Great Satan. I am very upset because Rouhani talked to the US president on the phone. This violates our Islamic ideals and Imam [Ayatollah Khomeini’s] principles.”
In order to show that President Obama and the United States are the ones that have initiated steps to mend relationships with Iran— and in order to project the image and buttress their argument that the United States is in political, economic, strategic, and geopolitical decline— Rouhani pointed out in several interviews, after returning to Tehran from the United Nations General Assembly in New York, that the White House had requested to talk with Rouhani several times before he finally agreed to talk to them on his way back to the airport. By announcing that American diplomats requested to speak with Rouhani five times— something that has not been mentioned in the liberal media— the Iranian government and their allies like Russia have been spreading the narrative that the United States is in a weak position, begging the Iranian government to befriend them. This is particularly damaging to the global power, prestige, and credibility of the United States in the international arena.
Though the liberal mainstream media and President Obama portrayed the phone call, letter and Twitter exchange between Obama and Rouhani as evidence of the reparation of the relationship between the United States and Iran, the website of the Quds cyber officers— which belongs to the most powerful military institution of Iran, which is extremely loyal to the regime and Islamist theocracy— posted an image of President Obama, depicted as wearing a Nazi field marshal’s uniform while surrendering with his hands on his head. The text below the image can be translated as: “Not in the too distant future… One (Gen. Qasem) Soleimani is enough for all the enemies of this country.”
The hardliners and conservatives are also planning to walk over an American flag and to spit on Obama’s image on their way to prayer this upcoming Friday. Last week, several threw eggs and hurled objects, including a shoe, at President Hassan Rouhani as he returned to Tehran from New York.
We should not believe that Rouhani is against the ruling establishment, though. As I mentioned in one of my previous articles on the details of Rouhani’s political career and hypocrisy, Rouhani emerged to power from within the radical Islamist political structure of Iran. Rouhani’s outreach to the West is a mere political game. As Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu eloquently pointed out in his speech, they all follow and support the same Islamist ideologies and political system with regional and nuclear hegemonic ambitions. The new policies are aimed at deluding the West politically and diplomatically, to have them believe that Iran has fundamentally changed, and to lead the West to ease sanctions on Tehran, giving the nation time to obtain its nuclear bomb.
The fundamental fact is that since its establishment in 1979, the Islamic Republic of Iran has created deeply ingrained radical Islamist governmental institutions— such as Sazmane Basij-e Mostaz’afin, the Ministry of Intelligence and Sercurity (Mois), the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), the Mostazafan Foundation of Islamic Revolution (which owns and manages approximately 350 subsidiary and affiliate companies in several fields and industries including industry, transportation, commerce, agriculture, and tourism), the Supreme National Security Council, the regular army, and the Expediency Council, among others— that believe the United States and Israel should be wiped off the map of the earth.
These institutions believe, and are based on, the fundamental principle that was laid out by the Ayatollah Khomeini, Khamenini, and their inner circle. The principles have been clearly articulated, that they should oppose détente and advocate for no compromise with the West. These institutions are anchored in the chants of “Death to America, the Great Satan” and “Death to Israel, the little Satan.” It is the time to analyze and look more deeply on the domestic nuances of the Islamist theocratic system.
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