April 1 signifies the anniversary of the referendum of the ‘Islamic Republic’, the day when the Iranian regime’s founder Ruhollah Khomeini foisted his theocratic and fundamentalist regime as a ‘republic’ to the people. Like every year since the regime’s inception, officials and experts have once again analyzed the regime’s situation.
However, this time, unlike in previous years, we have witnessed different reactions to the remarks of the regime’s officials. They are currently expressing their fears about the critical situation in Iran, and their destiny, reminding each other that the regime must survive at any cost.
Many years ago, before Khomeini died, he explained the most important duty of the regime’s officials. “These are stupid arguments presented by these groups who say spying is not good. Unethical espionage is not good, but it is necessary for the protection of Islam and the Muslim population. Accordingly, lying and drinking wine are necessary too.”
With this pragmatism and opportunism, it becomes clear that he gave the regime’s officials and his supporters’ permission to commit any crime in order to preserve the regime at the cost of violating all human rights principles. In a 1987 letter to Ali Khamenei, the regime’s current supreme leader, Khomeini emphasized preserving the Velayat-e Faqih system has priority over everything, even prayers, fasting, and the Hajj.
He said bluntly that the supreme leader has permission to destroy mosques or homes. He can close the mosques and abrogate its sharia pacts with the people unilaterally, and prevent anything, whether religious or non-religious, that is against the interests of Islam.
These days, the regime’s president Ebrahim Raisi is repeating the same ‘obligatory caution’ once expressed by Khomeini and inherited by Khamenei, showing that his main mission is to protect the regime. This shows that Raisi is the last chance for the regime to prevent the regime’s overthrow.
It should be noted that since June 20, 1981, until now, the regime has viewed protests organized by the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) as an existential threat.
The perceived threat of the opposition to their existence laid the groundwork for the regime launching and continuing an eight-year war with Iraq, implementing a secret nuclear project, creating the biggest missile arsenal in the Middle East, improving its UAV systems and weapons of mass destruction, obliterating the country’s environment, and drying most rivers and seas. The regime also began looting and wasting the country’s national wealth by spreading terrorism and warmongering, along with training different types of security forces, etc.
These are just a few of the regime’s actions following Khomeini’s decree to save the regime. This shows that even after 43 years, Khomeini’s dynasty lacks any legitimacy in the eyes of the Iranian people.
Today, the most important concern of all officials and their think tanks is the survival of the regime. As Ahmad Khatami, the Friday prayer leader of Tehran, once said, “This is not the story of different groups from reformists to principlists. This is the story of a government that should have the name of Islam. All groups and currents must understand that this is the story of Islam. As Imam said they (the enemy) were slapped by Islam. And as all the elders said, saving the regime is a must, and weakening it would be harmful.”
He later confessed to the low morale of the regime’s officials, saying, “The enemy’s job is to pump despair. Some people want to say that the situation cannot be corrected. They are mistaken. Things could be rectified, but gradually. Something that has developed over the years, cannot be corrected within five to six months. They want to disappoint people.”