The political deputy of the Revolutionary Guards, Rasul Sanai Rad, without mentioning the Iranian president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, by name, has criticized the latter’s failure to write a letter to Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, clearly apologizing for his recent conduct.
In a meeting of Revolutionary Guard commanders in Semnan province, Sanai Rad stated that someone who claims to have “esteem” for the Supreme Leader, but in a “narcissistic” atmosphere, is not prepared to write a letter apologizing, cannot account for such inconsistency in his behavior.
The reference to sentiments of “esteem” or “regard” for the Supreme Leader is a clear reference to the president’s most recent letter to the Supreme Leader in the aftermath of the controversial exchange of insults and threats that took place between Majles speaker, Ali Larijani, and President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, in the course of the impeachment hearing of the government’s labor minister. Since the incident, both Majles speaker, Ali Larijani, and judiciary chief, Sadeq Larijani, have sent letters of contrition to Khamenei.
Sanai Rad added that a number of individuals who entered the political fray with “the slogan for unfurling the flag of justice and fighting corruption” are “after the preservation of power at any price” and are “involved in manifest deviance.”
The Revolutionary Guard commander stressed that “in political psychology, an individual who finds himself engrossed in political narcissism and who thinks himself superior to others, is not able to accept criticism, doesn’t accept the word of others and becomes susceptible to delusion.”
Sanai Rad’s appointment late last year as political deputy to the IRGC was regarded as a political decision by Ahmadinejad government supporters, as he has proven to be a regular and stinging critic of the administration.