Saturday, January 28, 2023

Iran: Soleimani’s speech reflects regime’s fear of growing domestic resistance and international pressure

By Shahin Gobadi

The Iranian regime’s supreme leader, Ali Khamenei, fearful of continuation of the popular uprising, the ever increasing role of the Iranian Resistance and the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK), and the end of appeasement policies in the US and elsewhere, dispatched Qassem Soleimani, the head of the IRGC Quds Force, to the scene with hollow threats and a show of force, to boost the morale of the regime’s disillusioned forces, who are faced with the rapid growth of threats to the integrity of the regime inside and outside Iran.

Soleimani expressed his fear of the PMOI’s role and the President elect of the Iranian Resistance, and described US policy toward Iran as being reliant only on the PMOI and Maryam Rajavi. With this, Soleimani expressed his fear of the rising credibility of the Resistance inside and outside Iran, as well as the regime’s fear of increasing international pressure and isolation.

Furthermore, he said “We are closer to you than what you think, remember that the Quds Force and I, and not the entirety of our armed forces are your opponent. You know how powerful Iran is in unconventional wars.”

“There is not a single night that we go to bed without thinking of your destruction,” he added.

Soleimani’s resorting to slander and vulgar language clearly showed that the regime has lost its balance and is trying to cover up the anxiety of the regime’s supreme leader and the president regarding US policy and the remarks of the US president. Yet, in his remarks, Soleimani acknowledged the regime’s fragile status vis-a-vis sanctions and said while the regime “is facing an uneven war in dealing with all sorts of sanctions, negotiations with the enemy will result in nothing but surrender.”

Soleimani’s remarks also illustrated the clerical regime’s nostalgia for decades of appeasement by the US and other Western countries. While addressing the US president, he foolishly said, “Ask the US commander [in Iraq] at the time, who did he send to me and asked for time? [The person he sent] told me, can you use your influence so that our soldiers would not be attacked by Iraqi warriors in the next few months until we leave this country?”

Soleimani praised Rouhani in a repulsive fashion, indicating that there is no distinction between Hassan Rouhani, Ali Khamenei, and the IRGC on key issues or their unanimous enmity to the Iranian people and the international community.

The threats that have been made in the past several days by Khamenei, Rouhani, and Soleimani are part of an attempt to instigate and to blackmail a number of Western countries and to prevent the adoption of a firm policy against the regime.