In a conversation with Mohammad Reza Khabaz, a former member of Iran regime’s parliament, the state media outlet Arman Melli wrote, “During the early days of the revolution, the connection between the people and the government was as strong as a rope. However, gradually due to certain behaviors, this bond weakened and turned into a mere thread.”
The reason behind this growing distance between the people and the regime lies in the corrupt practices of this dangerous regime’s rulers, who have seized control of all governmental institutions for personal gain.
Consequently, they have trapped the populace in a cycle of poverty. Moreover, the distressing reality is that numerous young individuals are executed every day.
Under such a corrupt regime, individuals with deceptive intentions often assume power, luring the public with enticing promises and slogans. Yet, once they ascend to positions of authority, their pledges are conveniently forgotten.
On this matter, Khabaz told Arman Melli, “The government’s performance over the past two years and the parliament’s near-four-year tenure have revealed not only unfulfilled promises but also a significant deterioration in living conditions. The escalating prices of essential goods and basic necessities continue to surge, contradicting the government’s assurances of addressing inflation.”
In response, Khabaz highlighted: “They made bold and resolute commitments to the people, vowing to resolve certain issues within days, some within weeks, and others within the first year of their tenure. Yet, upon assuming power, they realized that the challenges were more intricate than anticipated, spanning domestic and international realms. Bravado and exaggeration, it seems, cannot solve such complexities.”
Khabaz criticized the performance of the regime and its parliament, exposing not only their ineptitude but also their lack of insight. “Instead of candidly acknowledging the intricate nature of governing a nation, both in domestic and international contexts, they embarked on a path of superficial accomplishments,” he said. “This, in my view, is even worse than failing to fulfill the initial promises. It was not our intention to mislead. Honesty should take precedence.”
Turning to the unrealistic statistics propagated by the regime’s President Ebrahim Raisi and its parliament speaker Mohammad Bagher Ghalibaf, Khabaz warned against their peril:
“Dispensing unrealistic figures is extremely hazardous. The citizens of this country grapple with economic and livelihood challenges day in and day out. While the government proclaims achievements such as reduced inflation, the reality witnessed by the people paints a contrasting picture. Living conditions have regressed, akin to the adage: ‘No matter the year, it’s but a prolonging of the last year.'”
Bluster and deception appear to be the hallmarks of government officials, even among those who claim holding esteemed degrees. Khabaz cited an illustrative example: “‘[Hojjatollah] Abdolmaleki, now in charge of free zones, previously at the Ministry of Labor, championed slogans such as ‘I will generate a job for everyone just with one million tomans’ and ‘I will bring the dollar’s exchange rate down to 10,000 tomans with a $15 billion fund.’ These statements lacked expertise and went largely unnoticed. Such a person who suggested ceasing negotiations until winter, under the assumption that Europe’s demand for gas would improve bargaining conditions, raises concerns.”
The aftermath of false promises, lies, and unrealistic data is profoundly adverse for the population. Khabaz remarked, “One should question those presenting these statistics: Have the prices of bread, eggs, chicken, rice, oil, and meat truly decreased? The answer is no; these prices have instead surged. Either the government’s figures are inaccurate, or the reality in society diverges from the proclaimed statistics. Regrettably, these statistics fail to influence daily life, yet they amplify the economic and livelihood pressures on individuals.”
The unanswered question remains: Can a regime sustained on false promises, falsehoods, and hypocrisy endure? The 2022 uprising demonstrated that this regime does not deserve the allegiance of the Iranian people. It’s an authoritarian regime that must be dismantled. A government reliant on repression for its survival, endangering lives and property, should be eradicated from Iran’s landscape. Iran’s courageous youth aspire to remove this regime, and undoubtedly, this aspiration is attainable.