MEK Iran: Internal Conflicts, a Sign of the Regime Nearing its End
Iran’s regime Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei called for the establishment of a “young and Hezbollahi” government during his speech at the meeting with young members of the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) Basij on Sunday, May 17.
“When I refer to a young and Hezbollahi government, I’m not saying that, for example, a 32-year old should become president. We need a young and active government that can resolve the country’s problems. Some work well into their old days and never get tired. For example, our dear martyr Qassem Soleimani whom I think about every day…,” Khamenei said.
“In the early days of the  revolution, we had youths… for whatever reason that their beliefs were not strong, they were recruited by groups that had mixed perspectives,” Khamenei added about the high popularity of the MEK Iran among Iranian society, especially following the 1979 revolution.
“You should not allow the enemy to take advantage of your protests. They are waiting to use any such opportunity. The enemy will portray your protests over whatever subject as dissent against the State, and provide such an image to their viewers. Be careful of those who take advantage of these protests to pursue their objectives against the State,”
Khamenei continued as he further highlighted his concerns over the powder-keg status of the Iranian society and the MEK Iran reporting such developments as a sign of growing dissent among the general public.
Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei spoke to the young men about the PMOI #MEK #Iran and his concerns about the opposition group. He warned that the regime needs to be “careful about the enemy recruiting members of our young society”.https://t.co/Ez238fMSxZ#Iranian @USAdarFarsi pic.twitter.com/gUpnkHwzAZ
— MEK Iran (Mujahedin-e Khalq) (@MEK_Iran) May 20, 2020
Fathi, an MP, said during his speech at Majlis that “what Khamenei meant was that Rouhani must resign, and resign now! So that Khamenei’s ideal government can be formed.”
Another MP, Goudarzi, said, “Mr. Rouhani! If you are unable to handle things, go away and let someone else take it over!” He asked the head of the judiciary, Ibrahim Raissi, to step in to facilitate this, while former MP, Ansari Rad mentioned that Rouhani’s resignation would disrupt the country’s order; hinting that with Rouhani’s departure, the country will enter a state of emergency.
Rouhani himself also reacted to Khamenei, saying: “I believe that for the future of the country we should pursue [establishment] of parties. If we want to reinforce the regime and help it to survive, we need two or three main political parties” to alternatively govern the country.”
During the pandemic, the regime’s Health Minister acknowledged that the coronavirus outbreak in Iran was discovered back in mid-January and that he had alerted top officials about it. Still, they ignored warnings and deliberately misled the public on the existence of the virus, and the number of cases and deaths, all to prevent any impact on their orchestrated 1979 anniversary march and the February 21 sham Majlis (parliament) elections and thus maintaining their regime in power.
At the same time, the regime is afraid of another uprising, such as last November’s nationwide protests that left dead 1500 innocent protesters, shot by the IRGC suppressive forces. The regime officials still haven’t announced the exact number of victims. The Iranian society remembers this and resembles fire under ashes.
The regime’s State-run media acknowledges the institutional corruption of the government, which has no answer for any social problem.
“Today, the Iranian society suffers greatly from various corruptions, and in other words, the slogans do not fit the realities of the society. This amount of corruption shows that the existing (governments) methods and attitudes are not solvable and hopeful for the society,” wrote Daily Arman on May 20.
The vast proportions of the novel coronavirus crisis in Iran have been so catastrophic that the regime’s Deputy Health Minister acknowledged on Thursday, May 21, “Around 10,000 members of the country’s medical personnel have contracted COVID-19, and some have passed away.” ILNA news agency Thursday, May 21.
The dimension of the coronavirus crisis in Iran is due to the regime’s critical internal conditions, which makes it unable and unwilling to help people through the pandemic. Especially provinces such as Khuzestan, Lorestan, Central, and Hormozgan are announced in a red state as a result of the mullahs’ regime’s policies.
The Iranian regime has been entrenched in the Syrian war since it broke out in 2011. In addition to financial support, Tehran has been continually sending weapons and armed forces to the country to prevent the overthrow of its ally Bashar al-Assad.
— People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) (@Mojahedineng) May 23, 2020
Heshmatollah Falahatpisheh, former chairman of the Security Commission, said on May 21 to Etemad Online, a State-run news website: “We may have given $20-30 billion to Syria. When I went to Syria, some complained that I had caused expenses, but I will repeat this: We may have given $20-30 billion to Syria. The money of our people was spent there.”
These remarks, plus Khamenei’s call for a “young and Hezbollahi” government while still, 15 months remain from the Rouhani government’s mandate, show the regime’s hard internal conflicts and deadlock. The economic crisis, zero oil revenues, increased sanctions, unprecedented regional and international isolation add to the difficulties.
The conclusion is that the antagonism between the Iranian society (students, workers, teachers, and other strata) and the mullahs’ regime is at a point of no return. This is highlighted by the fact that the elites of the society, people who could naturally have a prosperous future with wealth and life and regular progress, have concluded that there is no future for any improvement in Iran while the mullahs rule in the country.
Khamenei has concluded that the only way to extend his rule is to contract his regime further and move toward his proposed “young and Hezbollahi” government, where there would not be the slightest opposition or disagreement with the supreme leader.
The U.S. State Department announced in its statement on May 22 that since the Iranian regime took power in 1979 it has carried out terrorist activities in more than 40 countries. The report said, “Since coming to power in 1979, the Iranian regime has been implicated in assassinations, terrorist plots, and terrorist attacks in more than 40 countries. Iran’s global campaign of terror has included as many as 360 targeted assassinations in other countries, and mass bombing attacks that killed and maimed hundreds.
#Iran On the Verge of a Revolution
Iranian society is on the verge of another revolution. This is not only the #Iranian Resistance’s analysis but that of the regime’s own experts and analysts who confirm this truth in one way or another. #coronavirushttps://t.co/Fl0kQrpE3n
— NCRI-FAC (@iran_policy) May 17, 2020
Iran engaged in these assassinations and other attacks primarily through the IRGC-Qods Force and the Ministry of Intelligence and Security, but also via third parties and proxies such as Hizballah. Since 2018, Asadollah Asadi, who had been assigned as an Iranian diplomat to Austria, remains in a Belgian prison awaiting trial based on evidence that he provided explosives to bomb a dissident rally in Paris, which could have killed scores of men, women, and children. Iranian diplomatic personnel have repeatedly been implicated in assassinations abroad, as evidenced by arrest warrants, judicial and police investigations, intelligence services, and witness reports.”
The regime’s fragile condition will get worse, and it will look to search a way out by increasing its warmongering policies in the region and internal contraction. Therefore the only solution seems to be regime change.