Whistling in the dark
Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei spoke at the annual meeting of Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) commanders. Khamenei tried hard to galvanize the top commanders by giving them false hopes. Khamenei knows full well the deep economic crisis the country is facing. But in his speech he tried to put the blame on others and said, referring to actual problems the ordinary citizens have:
“If they [Hassan Rouhani’s faction] look inward, strong and rational…it will have a positive impact on people’s lives.” It seems that he had forgotten that only a few years ago he recommended that his regime follow a strategy called “heroic flexibility”
to address the country’s economic problems. What Khamenei refuses to say is that his regime is on the verge of collapse.
The mullahs’ supreme leader spoke of the same deadly force responsible for many carnages not only in the Middle East but throughout the world. In the late 80s, Mohsen Rafighqdoost, then minister of IRGC admitted that the regime was responsible for booming the U.S. servicemen barracks in 1983 in Lebanon leaving hundreds dead and many more wounded.
“The U.S. has had a feeling of our power and knows the explosives mixed with that ideology that sent 400 officers and soldiers to Hell. Both the TNT and ideology came from Iran. This is very much obvious for the U.S.,” Rafighdoost said on July 21, 1987, referring to the 1983 bombing of the U.S. Marines’ barracks in Beirut.
In 1996 IRGC struck again, this time at Khobar Towers in Saudi Arabia, leaving 19 U.S. air force personal dead.
More recently again the devastating attack on Saudi Arabia but this time on ARAMCO oil installations which disrupted the world’s oil supply by five million barrels for a few days. IRGC tried to pin the attack on its proxies, the Houthis in Yemen, but it did not work. The National Council of Resistance of Iran’s (NCRI) revelations proved that the job was an operation no proxy group could accomplish. The information came from Mujahedin-e Khalq (MEK) sources within the regime. MEK is the main force inside NCRI.
Khamenei admired the deadly role the IRGC proxies such as the Houthis in Yemen and the Lebanese Hezbollah accomplish as the brilliant work of the resistance axes. But no one doubts that these proxies operate under the terrorist Quds Force watch and have no independent identity.
Khamenei also referred to Khatam al-Anbiya garrison as a harmless construction company with expansive charity work for helping people hiding its evil and warmongering nature.
A few days after the IRGC air force’s missile and drone unit carried out the attack on September 14, 2019, the operational commanders reported in detail to IRGC Major General Gholam-Ali Rashid, commander of the central headquarters Khatam al-Anbiya.
According to the information coming from the MEK: “After Khamenei’s initial approval of this operation, detailed planning began and the SNSC referred the plan to Khamenei for final approval. Khamenei ordered IRGC Major General Rashid and Brigadier General Hajizadeh to begin the operational implementation of the plan.”