By INU Staff
INU- Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and President Hassan Rouhani both gave speeches to coincide with the new Iranian year, which began on March 21, and both speeches focused heavily on the need to challenge US sanctions by improving domestic production, unite the society against external threats, and question foreign propaganda against Iran.
If you were unfamiliar with the Regime, this might seem like a fairly normal speech, with the Keep Calm and Carry On mentality that is plastered over all sort of trinkets. However, you should know that Iran is completely capable of increasing production if only the Regime would stop funding terrorism and allow workers to be paid by Regime-affiliated companies.
The Regime could well unite the people against foreign threats if they stopped criminalising political opposition or individual freedoms. The Regime could convince people to question foreign propaganda, if foreign media wasn’t printing the truth while the Regime’s media prints propaganda. However, the Regime will not do that.
Rouhani said that Iran’s problems are created by those who:
• despise Iran
• live outside the country
• set up the structure of Iranian society before the 1979 Revolution
He blamed everyone but the mullahs for the problems that the mullahs have created and then had the nerve to say that poor management will exacerbate socioeconomic problems as if his job is not managing Iran’s problems.
Rouhani said that while the US is putting pressure on the Regime at the moment, but that if the Iranian people stood together, they could show Iran’s “enemies” that they are stronger than the sanctions, which would lead to the lifting of sanctions. As noted previously, the Regime would need to pay their workers and grant their people rights for this to happen.
He even claimed that most countries, plus the UN, International Atomic Energy Agency and the International Court of Justice, are on Iran’s side. To clear up any confusion, no they’re not. Many of them have sanctions against Iran and the UN recently issued it 66th censure of Iran for human rights violations.
Khamenei, meanwhile, blamed Iran’s economic crises on poor management and recommended boosting national productivity, which again the Regime has the responsibility to fix, before beginning his tirade against Saudi Arabia for its plans to start a nuclear energy program.
It appears as though Rouhani may have outdone Khamenei in hard-line rhetoric this time around, due to his remarks about foreign enemies, but this should surprise no one.
Dr Mohammed Al-Sulami, the Head of the International Institute for Iranian Studies (Rasanah), wrote: “Such comments prove that the West’s bet on the so-called moderate reformists in Iran in recent years has paid little dividends. There is no difference between Khamenei and Rouhani when they are placed under domestic or foreign pressure.”