One year into his presidency, Raisi has only managed to intensify Iran’s socioeconomic crisis
As Iranian regime President Ebrahim Raisi enters his first year in office, it is interesting to note that the mullahs’ state media are not making any fuss about his accomplishments. The answer is straightforward: There is nothing to brag about. In fact, the trend is in the opposite direction. The members of the regime’s Majlis (parliament), which the mullahs’ Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei went to great lengths to unify in the fake elections of 2021, are acknowledging the Raisi cabinet’s numerous shortcomings in a long list of various fields.
“The government is taking steps like a person on a treadmill. There is no moving forward,” said Majlis member Mojtaba Zonnour on Tuesday, August 2. Zonnour is known as a senior figure of the pro-Khamenei faction in the regime’s parliament.
Another Majlis representative by the name of Karim Hosseini stated on Tuesday that “we are placing responsibilities in the hands of people who are incompetent, weary, and refuse to move forward.” This goes against Raisi’s campaign promises, he explains.
Another Majlis member, Hossein Mirzaei, stated on Sunday, August 1, “As we speak, 65% of the country’s liquidity is placed in less than 1% of the existing bank accounts.” Such a claim refutes every assertion made by Raisi regarding the presumed economic successes of his cabinet.
From his first-year report card, Raisi really has nothing to commend to the regime’s state media. Even Raisi’s claim of containing Iran’s Covid crisis was a hoax, as the country is now at its seventh peak. Raisi’s only “accomplishment” was the billions of dollars he stole from the Iranian people by making them pay for unverified, and uncorroborated coronavirus vaccines.
While Raisi has failed in many areas, including reviving Iran’s economy, containing inflation, protecting the country from natural disasters, and protecting the environment, nothing compares to his utter incompetence in his primary mission: clamping down on society and containing protests with an iron fist. Given that this was the primary justification for Raisi’s appointment and selection as the regime’s leader in the first place, Khamenei has failed strategically as a result of this.
Raisi has intensified the regime’s crackdown measures and executions throughout the nation, but protests and uprisings against inflation and other economic hardships have grown more violent. This is primarily due to the fact that Iran has a formalized resistance movement in the form of the People’s Mojahedin of Iran (PMOI/MEK) and its affiliated network of “Resistance Units” spread out across the nation and waging a war against the regime’s repressive measures. More protesters across the country are braving the risks and taking to Iran’s streets chanting “Death to Raisi!”
Analysts have compared Iran’s society to a powder keg, and Raisi is Khamenei’s last line of defense against the country’s escalating social unrest. In order to complete the task Khamenei gave him, Raisi, who is best known for his direct involvement in the summer 1988 prison massacre of more than 30,000 political prisoners, is once more resorting to daily executions, amputating fingers, and other gruesome punishments.
However, the Resistance Units have been able to offer a glimmer of hope in the face of Raisi’s severe repression as they integrate and broaden their campaign throughout Iran. “Inaugurating and appointing this murderer as president by the regime’s Supreme Leader is a turning point and a change of tracks for the mullahs, who are now headed further towards downfall and the overthrow of their religious reign,” Iranian Resistance Leader Massoud Rajavi said in an August 2021 message.
The conclusion of Raisi’s first year in office should also serve as a warning to the West that their appeasement strategy and an extensive list of concessions to the hard-line president of the mullahs’ regime have been fruitless. The Iranian regime has been given more confidence to develop its nuclear program and increase its violations of nuclear agreements as a result of the West’s appeasement and engagement policies.