The Reformist daily Etemaad has covered a report published by the Ministry of Intelligence which claims that “opposition to the regime will never be unified.” The report is titled “The attempt of the spy organizations of America for unifying the defeated anti-revolutionary elements in exile.”
Among the key claims are that the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has been taking a leading role in funding opposition conferences across Europe (e.g., London, Paris, Stockholm), but also Washington and is trying its utmost to obscure the arguments and differences which continue to divide the Iranian opposition outside the country.
The report claims one opposition conference held at the Hampton Hotel in Washington and titled “Transition to Democracy” was funded by the Saudi Arabian monarchy and alleges further that it was the brainchild of the Iran Desk at the CIA.
“In sum, with the existence of manifest differences it seems that a unity, even apparent, will never materialize between the opposition and in truth this miserable dream of the enemy’s intelligence services will not be realized.”
The IRGC affiliated weekly Sobh-e Sadeq carries an article which addresses the issue of sanctions during the Iran-Iraq war. The op-ed begins, “The new intensification of sanctions which in fact is an economic war, has similarities with the eight year “sacred defence” [the official term used to refer to the 8 year conflict with Iraq]. The enemies’ goals and cowardly methods are identifiable in any period and in our confrontation with them it is possible to benefit from those valuable experiences. In the same way the Islamic Republic resisted in the face of a war on all sides while under sanctions, and which increased inequalities, it is today able to face the enemy and neutralize the economic war through reliance on the “resistance economy” [Supreme Leader Khamenei has called on the government and country to forge a “resistance economy” in the face of Western-led sanctions].
The article then goes on to enumerate the factors which allowed Iran to fight against the Ba’athist regime of Saddam Hussein while also under the pressure of sanctions. These included nimble and brave commanders and managers, the use of native excellence, the domestic production of armaments, including missiles and mortars, trust in “insider forces”, the circumvention of sanctions, and “wariness of the influence of traitors”.
Raja News reports on the speech of the spokesman of the hardline Endurance Front (Jebhe-ye Paidari), Kamran Baqeri Lankarani. Baqeri Lankarani, also a former Minister of Health during Ahmadinejad’s first term, began his talk by stating, “when the Supreme Leader says “in a time without Martyr [Morteza] Motahhari and Martyr [Mohammad] Beheshti, great men like the learned Mesbah [Yazdi] fill the vacuum, because in life we must always judge individuals with respect to religious knowledge”.
Motahhari was one of the founding ideologues of the Islamic state, and Mohammad Beheshti was founder of the Islamic Republican Party and one of the Islamist clergy’s most acute political operators. Both were senior disciples of the theocratic state’s founder, Ayatollah Khomeini, and assassinated in the early years of the revolution. Ayatollah Khamenei has long sought to portray the right wing cleric and director of the Imam Khomeini Education and Research Institute in Qom, Ayatollah Mesbah Yazdi, as the inheritor of Ayatollah Motahhari’s mantle, as the most esteemed and officially sanctioned theoretician and ideologue of the Islamic state.