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Showdown between Khamenei and IRGC?

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Who's really in charge? Is there a confrontation looming between Iran's supreme leader and the Revolutionary Guard?

By MUHAMMAD SAHIMI in Los Angeles | 28 July 2009

analysis Two important developments over the past few days suggest that a possible confrontation may be under way between Iran's Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Sayyed Ali Khamenei, and the high command of Iran's Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC).

One development was the order issued by Ayatollah Khamenei overruling Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's appointment of Esfandiar Rahim Mashaei as his First Vice President (Iran's president has eight vice presidents). The second was the firing of ultra hardliner Gholamhossein Mohseni Ejehei, the Minister of Intelligence.

A reliable source in Tehran told the author that both episodes were meant to be signals by the IRGC's high command to Ayatollah Khamenei that they were in control, and that he should toe the line -- their line. According to the source, Ayatollah's Khamenei's order to fire Mashaei was delivered to the Voice and Visage (VaV) of the Islamic Republic (Iran's national radio and television network) on the day Mashaei was appointed by Ahmadinejad. The VaV was asked to announce the order on national television and radio, but Ezzatollah Zarghami, the director of VaV and a former officer in the IRGC, refused to do so.

As if to make sure that the Ayatollah got the message loud and clear, it took Ahmadinejad one week to relent and go along with the order. And it was only then that the VaV broadcast the Ayatollah's order. When he did accept the order, Ahmadinejad sent the Supreme Leader a terse and very formal letter, devoid of the usual praises that his past letters to Ayatollah Khamenei have carried. The letter was considered by many supporters of the Ayatollah as a total insult; but also a clear signal. In order to further demonstrate his defiance, Ahmadinejad appointed Mashaei, a close relative and friend, as his chief of staff and special adviser.

According to the source, Ejehei was fired because he was reporting to the Supreme Leader without first letting Ahmadinejad know. He had reportedly said that the Intelligence Ministry had concluded that the accusations by the IRGC high command, that the demonstrations after the election were linked to foreign powers and represented a "velvet revolution," were baseless. He had also reportedly said that the demonstrations had neither been planned in advance, nor could they have been predicted. Finally, the Intelligence Ministry is said to have reported that Mashaei, as well as Hossein Taeb, a cleric who is the commander of the Basij militia, represented security risks. The report apparently countered all the accusations made by the IRGC high command.

There is a precedent that helps support the theory that Ejehei was ousted for this reason. In the spring of 2008, Mostafa Pourmohammadi, Ahmadinejad's first Interior Minister, was also fired after he submitted a report to Ayatollah Khamenei about the elections for the 8th Majles (parliament) without Ahmadinejad's knowledge. In that report, Pourmohammadi reported irregularities committed by Ahmadinejad's backers. When Ahmadinejad found out about the report, he fired Pourmohammadi almost immediately.

According to the source, Ayatollah Khamenei had also ordered the closure of one of the jails, one in which the demonstrators and some of the leading reformist leaders are being kept; but the order has been ignored by the intelligence and security unit of the IRGC, which runs the prison. Saeed Jalili, Secretary-General of Iran's Supreme National Security Council, confirmed the Ayatollah's order for the closure of a jail. Apparently, after the initial order was ignored, it was sent to the Council. While the source did not specify the prison, it might be the Kahrizak prison on the southern edge of Tehran near the Behesht-e Zahra cemetery.

The prison is usually used to hold common criminals and narcotics traffickers, but there have been credible reports indicating that many people arrested in the post-election roundup have also been imprisoned there. Ejehei had apparently complained to Ayatollah Khamenei that the Intelligence Ministry had lost control over those arrested, and that the IRGC unit had taken control of the matter.

There is much speculation about Ejehei's successor. According to Iranian law, the head of the Ministry of Intelligence must be a mojtahed (an Islamic scholar), and hence, a cleric. It will be interesting to see how Ahmadinejad navigates that one -- finding a qualified cleric whose first loyalty is to him and the IRGC high command.

The author's source also told him that the top commanders of the IRGC are firmly behind Ahmadinejad in his struggle to wrest full control of the government away from the clerics. But, the rank and file of the IRGC is divided into two main groups. The first group supports the reformist movement and remains silent for now (or perhaps it has been forced into silence). The second group is divided. One group is behind Ahmadinejad and the high command of the IRGC; they believe that the clerics should be purged from the government, and that Ayatollah Khamenei should be transformed into an ineffective and irrelevant figurehead. Others in the second group believe that Ayatollah Khamenei is Ma'soom (free of sin, from a religious perspective) and a deputy to Mahdi, the Shiites' hidden 12th Imam who is supposed to come back some day to rid the world of injustice and corruption. Members of this group believe that obedience to Ayatollah Khamenei is their duty.

According to the source, Hossein Saffar Harandi, Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance and a former officer in the IRGC, belongs to this group and was forced to resign, after he protested the appointment of Mashaei as First VP. Officially, Saffar Harandi is still part of the cabinet, because if he is formally sacked, the Constitution requires Ahmadinejad to seek a vote of confidence from Majlis since he has replaced half of his cabinet during his four-year term. Since his first term will expire in about 10 days, however, Ahmadinejad does not want the issue before Majles for a vote.

According to a second reliable source in Tehran, seven of Ahmadinejad's ministers, including Saffar Harandi and Ejehei, wrote a letter to Ayatollah Khamenei last week complaining about their boss and supporting Khamenei to sack Mashaei. It is widely believed that Ahmadinejad intends to fire the remaining five after he begins his widely disputed second term. The author already reported on two of the five ministers to be fired.

That the IRGC high command may wish to purge the government of clerics is no surprise. In addition to the fact that the IRGC did the bulk of the fighting with Iraq and eliminated the internal opposition to the political establishment in the 1980s, the IRGC has also been guarding and protecting the high-ranking clerics for the past three decades. The IRGC is therefor privy to much of their secret wheeling and dealings. The IRGC holds information on cases of corruption and nepotism among clerics over their heads like the Sword of Damocles.

When last year, Abbas Palizdar, an ally of Ahmadinejad, spoke of 123 cases of corruption among the clerics and their families, many interpreted that as a clear attempt by Ahmadinejad and his supporters to push most of the clerics out of power. Palizdar was later jailed and Ahmadinejad disowned him. But he was recently released from prison after posting a $300,000 bail. My sources in Tehran told me that the joke there was that after Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani's Friday Prayer sermon of July 17, calling for the release of political prisoners, the hardliners released Palizadar!

Ayatollah Khamenei himself has played a major role in the rise of the IRGC. When Mohammad Khatami won the presidential election in 1997 by a landslide, a group of reformist leaders met with the supreme leader and asked him to heed the nation's message of such a victory. In order to leave a credible legacy behind and save a political system in which had had played an important role, they advised the supreme leader to personally take a lead in the reform of the system. Not only did Ayatollah Khamenei refuse to do so, he more closely sided with the hardliners who were trying to gut the Khatami administration. It got to the point that when Khatami was president, he complained that the hardliners were creating a crisis for the country every nine days.

In 2005, after Khatami had to leave office after a second term, Ahmadinejad was elected president with the support of Ayatollah Khamenei. But practically from Day 1, Ahmadinejad began attacking many clerics in the name of fighting corruption. Ayatollah Khamenei continued to throw his support behind Ahmadinejad, presumably because he believed Ahmadinejad could force out his competitor Rafsanjani, his competitor in the power struggle.

Even when Rafsanjani wrote a letter to Ayatollah Khamenei a few days before the election and warned him about possible fraud, the Ayatollah did not take any significant action. It is widely rumored that he told Rafsanjani that "Ahmadinejad's defeat is my defeat."

On Tuesday June 16, four days after the election, when the country was in deep crisis due to the huge demonstrations that had erupted, Ayatollah Khamenei summoned to his office representatives of all the presidential candidates, as well as members of the Expediency Council and the staff of the Interior Ministry, which supervises the election, in order to seek a solution to the crisis. Two people in that meeting, former Tehran Mayor Morteza Alviri (representing Mahdi Karroubi, one of the two reformist candidates), and former Oil Minister, Bijan Namdar Zangeneh, proposed that the problem be referred to the Expediency Council. But, Ayatollah Khamenei refused.

Instead, on June 19, during his Friday Prayer sermon, the Ayatollah threatened the Iranian nation and the reformists. When the next day demonstrations erupted again and many young people were killed, many Iranians held the Ayatollah responsible for the bloodshed. According to the author's sources in Tehran, the high command of the IRGC recognized that the responsibility for the bloodshed would be squarely on the Ayatollah and therefore persuaded him to take a hard line. According to the same sources, the thinking of the high command of the IRGC is that, among conservative voters, Ahmadinejad is far more popular than Ayatollah Khamenei, and that therefore, the Ayatollah has trapped himself and has no clear way out of the difficult situation that he himself has created. This allows the IRGC high command to marginalize him.

What is not clear is the role of Mojtaba Khamenei, the Ayatollah's son. Mojtaba is believed to be close to the high command of the IRGC. Will he be purged as well? Will the IRGC consider him as irrelevant, now that they have achieved their goal of "re-electing" Ahmadinejad? Or, does he have a role in any of this?

Ahmadinejad's "re-election" is supposed to be confirmed by Ayatollah Khamenei on August 4, and he will take the oath of office in the Majles the next day. The next 10 days will as critical as they will be intriguing.

Update: Yaa Lessaraat, the mouthpiece of Ansaar-e Hezbollah, harshly criticized Mahmoud Ahmadinejad for his delay in firing Mashaei and firing his ministers -- another sign of straining relations between IRGC-backed Ahmadinejad and the clerics.

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Ahmadinejad is in charge, respect him, he is the President. And if you can't respect him, at least respect the office he holds. We all need to pull together now. He won, it is time to get in back of our leader.

Radical Guy / July 28, 2009 11:04 AM

This reminds me of when the two American football teams I hate the most play each other. I usually root for the guys who carry the stretchers. I don't know who will carry the stretchers in this power struggle but I sure hope they're busy. And hopefully, when both sides are weakened, the reformists will swoop in and take over.

Dave In America / July 28, 2009 11:05 AM

The IRGC has never been royal to any Iranian. They want Money, Power and Control. Cost what it wants even Dead of Youth.

They won't realize that nothing will remain forever. This Ayatollahs or whatever they calls themselfs are just Puppets of IRCG.

Tehran / July 28, 2009 11:13 AM

Would someone please explain to me the difference between the IRCG and the Ayatollahs when it comes to their power and control over the Iranian people? I just don't see any difference between them. When it comes to the murders, tortures and beatings of innocent people they both deny it has happened or they blame some other country for inciting the demonstrations. Thankyou..

Teney an American / July 28, 2009 12:34 PM

Every day Khamenei remains silent, Iran will step further down the road away from an Islamic Republic, directly into a military dictatorship - not leaded by clerics any longer, but by the IRCG and basij military and para-military thugs.

It's really a shame, such a great nation and proud people like those of Iran steps forward becoming something like a banana republic somewhere in central america after a military putsch, a coup d'etat by Ahmadinejads illigemitate apparatus.

Thank you, Muhammad, for another excellent piece of information and analysis.

Close the prisons, stop the torture, release the political detainees,

set your people free, Mr. Khamenei!

Avid / July 28, 2009 12:50 PM

Ms Hashemi pointed out in her abrupt and fast interview after being released from detention that Mr. Khamanei is hostage to the IRGC as much as a supporter of them. The two are in a symbiotic relationship.

The strength of the guard is in its ability to exert physical control on the street via Basij and the organs it has, however the Leader has also at his command many organs with immense power. Ultimately in a physical showdown, the leader has the Army, Navy and Air force, with over 350K members as opposed to the guards 140K members. If the leader senses his dog is getting out of control he can always send in the wolf to kill the dog.

In such a scenario, we are best to watch the battle unfold, knowing that both sides will come out of it weaker.

P.S. One correction the IRGC does not own the war experience or the war martyrs. Iranians own this. There was many civilian martyrs, there was major deaths on the part of the army, navy and air force, and for all their fervour the IRGC was not an effective military force until 2004. The bulk of the battles were fought by then. It is wrong to assume the IRGC was the defender of Iran during the war. It was one of the actors working to defend Iran, as many other actors. It is owned no more or no less. The Basij and IRGC have essentially hijacked the war experience by infiltrating in the mind of the westerner that they own the war experience and the suffrage associated with it.

hommer / July 28, 2009 1:21 PM

I don't quite understand...

Why would the Supreme Leader back the IRGC if it is working against him? If the IRGC wants to get the Supreme Leader out of their way why would Khamenei defend the riggend election?

Wouldn't he be much safer with he oppossion which still believes in the foundings of the ISLAMIC Republic and tries to work towards change within the system?

Would love to get an answer.

Iranian living in Europe / July 28, 2009 1:22 PM

Thank you, Mr. Sahimi,

What I don't understand is "who is in charge?" Obviously, it's not A-jod?. Who are these people? It sounds like the Russian Mafia to me.

jaleh / July 28, 2009 1:28 PM

Iranian living in Europe, the short answer is that Khamenei has no choice, he is forced to go along with the gameplan of Sepah. Sepah uses him to provide legitimacy for their actions and Ahmadinejad is their spokesman. That being said, the authors an idiot and all his writing is based on his friends in tehran's conspiracy theories. Remember sources are always reinforcing and come from people who think the same way as you. All of this is nonsensical. Sahimi doesnt even believe in Islam, so he has as much connection with the masses as did George Carlin in America, both comedians and writings a tragic farce. LOL.

Ali / July 28, 2009 2:07 PM

I've read all of your comments and appreciate the input and knowledge you all have concerning the IRCG and the Ayatollahs but after all is said and done will the Iranian people be able to choose their own path to freedom? The power struggle seems to be with the IRCG and the Ayatollahs with no regard for the Iranian people.

Teney an American / July 28, 2009 2:34 PM

Dear Ali:

You are entitled to your opinion, and you can criticize me and others as much as you want as you see fit, even if your criticisms are not justified.

However, please do not use profanity or insulting words. You can try to write an article and respond. The beauty of the internet is that it allows all of us to express our opinions and analyses. Thank you.

Muhammad Sahimi / July 28, 2009 5:53 PM

To Ali,

Who says one has to believe in Islam to be able to analyze the current events in Iran? And even if that is really a requirement, which Islam are you talking about? A.N.'s, Khamenei's, or Grand Ayatollah Montazeri's?

Reza / July 28, 2009 7:36 PM

To Ali

I do not know how much you know Mr. Sahimi,

First of all, before writing any comments, please just look through all his previous writing then make a general comments.

Secondly, you are not in the position judge people's religious ideas, if you believe to god, this is his job to do and not you and me..

Third, although your theory can be true, The basic and almost most important of one has feeling about the democracy (if there is any democracy in Europe) is freedom of speech, but remember freedom of speech means every body can have his own comment with all respect to others. Talking with respect each other is much more important than every thing..

Mahyar / July 28, 2009 8:25 PM

Radical Guy,

Please try to stick to the topic of discussion rather than veering off the tangent line, indulging us with your sermon of sleight-of-mind.

Aria / July 28, 2009 9:42 PM


You call the article "nonsensical" yet your initial statement pretty much reinforces what Mr. Sahimi has iterated. If you have something new to add to the discourse do honor us with your infinite sobering wisdom. And for Pete's sake, what does one's faith have to do with the political analysis put forth here? Your bizarre non-sequitur was noted.

Aria / July 28, 2009 9:43 PM

Boy...with a government like this...they didn't need an election, for seemingly every day they are re-electing themselves from themselves till they'll have no one else to pick from. Why don't they just do the decent thing & all vote for Mousavi...then everyone will be happy at the result that came about because they themselves couldn't figure it out... who they wanted in or out... of their unelected government that was never meant to "BE"!

v.gerrard / July 28, 2009 10:32 PM

The best case scenario would be for Khamenei to get fed up with Ahmadinejad and his IRGC goons and unleashes the army on them. Then the Basiji thugs won't be so brave anymore as they have been beating and killing un-armed protestors.

Although Khamenei's motivation would be self perservation, rather the good of Iran or her citizens, but it would benefit the reformers and others who rather see both camps weakened by internal fighting.

Basiji Hunter / July 28, 2009 10:45 PM

I agree with Basiji hunter. I hope the in-fighting gets worse and all parties - Khamenei, IRGC & AN, other clergy and gov officials - panic and try to purge each other which would lead to all-around distrust and weakening. I have a feeling the army will step in at some point to protect the people's side.

Mani / July 29, 2009 5:34 AM

Mr Sahimi's analysis here is unconvincing. Khamenei appoints the head of the national broadcasting service and could fire Zarghami for defying his orders. Similarly, Khamenei is in overall command of the IRGC and it would be illogical for him to have retained senior commanders who are systematically trying to undermine him. The conflict here is between Ahmadinejad's attempt to promote members of his own private clique, such as Mashaei, against other hardline groups who dislike Ahmadinejad but support Khamenei. Khamenei arbitrates between these different factions either by coming out in support of Ahmadinejad, as he has frequently done in the past, or by reining him in as with the order to remove Mashai. Ahmadinejad remains an attempt to see how far he can bolster his own position inside the power apparatus at the expense of his hardline rivals.

benedict / July 29, 2009 7:35 AM

Mr. Sahimi, thank you again for another very informative piece. I asked you on another article you had written recently and I am not sure if you ever answered me or not. I couldn't find my comment that I posted. Here is my question: what is then the hope of the reformists and Iranians seeking change when IRGC and their allies have so much power and are working towards a military, Islamic government?? These monsters detained, tortured, killed and did any thing they wanted after June 12th without having an ounce of remorse and any kind of accountability. They are not letting parents and families mourn the death of their children and they ask the families for large sums of money in exchange for the dead and tortured bodies of their loved ones. I can not comprehend their inhuman ways. It is sickening and makes me and others very angry. They are all criminals in addition to the money, power and control they possess.

Minoo / July 29, 2009 10:23 AM

This was a great article, although there are other possibilities too. The reason the army has not intervened so far, is because the Intelligence Ministry, led by Ezheii was keeping a close eye on them, arresting those who had secret meetings for planning coups and executing them. Now that the IM is in shambles and Ezheii is fired, not only the army has a freer hand to plot against IRGC and Basij, but also I would guess that Ezheii is going to help them along with his inside knowledge of the inner workings of the IM. The IRGC does not have the know-how nor the insight to have a strong intelligence. This is very dangerous both for Ahmadinejad who by default has taken over the organization and for IRGC. The other problem with IM is that many people in that ministry are pro Mousavi. This is not going to be as clear cut for IRGC as the article suggests. Basically right now IRGC is a strong body with no head, dumb as a brick. Ahmadinejad will need to rebuild the IM from bottom up and that's not going to be an easy task!

Ali Katira / July 29, 2009 11:54 AM

Dear Benedict and Minoo:

Thank you for your comments. Let me give you my opinion about what you said:

Benedict: Ayatollah Khamenei has lost the trust and respect of a large majority of people by what he has done. Therefore, the only important base of support that he has is the IRGC. The IRGC knows that. At the same time, as I explained in another article, "Leaders of Iran's election coup," the IRGC commanders want to purge all the old revolutionaries, and control everything. They are already doing it to a large extent. Thus, Ayatollah Khamenei has only two choices: Toe the lines by IRGC and stay in power, or stand against them, and go back to people.

In the national radio and TV things are more complex than you think. Yesterday, in the noon program the TV strongly attacked Ahmadinejad, but in the evening program he was strongly supported. So, even there things are factionalized.

Minoo khaanoum: The only way to go forward, in my opinion, is for the Green Movement to continue resisting and spread itself deeper into the society. There are important fissures among the conservatives that can be made deeper by continuing the resistance. Every occasion must be used to protest the illegitimate government. At some point the system will realize that it is impossible to go forward, unless deep changes are made.

Muhammad Sahimi / July 29, 2009 12:08 PM

There are three steps to save Iran:

1- Take back the 1979 revolution, get rid of the Safavi Shia mollahs

2- Establish an Alavi Shia governemt which will last for 15 years.

3- Allow Alavi ideas to sink in and permeate the society, then it will naturally relax into pre-arab-invasion persian worldview, moving religion to the private realm.

This is the only way we can break the IRGC step by step in a natural historical process. No violent revolution is needed, although the Safavi mulahs(read mule-lah) will kick and scream, most of IRGC are Iranians, unlike the mulahs, and would accept Alavi over Safavi Shia.

Alavi law will lead to opening of religious thought, and eventually to a return to individual responsibility which was foundation of pre-arab invasion Persian world-view.

Alavi is in fact Islam interpreted as a live religion that has to adjust to time and location. Leave the strict interpretations for those who still live in Mohammad times. It is Persified Islam.

Samanou / July 29, 2009 12:41 PM

Thanks for the response to my comment. But is it really so simple for Khamenei as choosing between support of the people and the IRGC as you suggest? My understanding is that Khamenei's power never relied mainly on popular support in any case, but on retaining ultimate authority over a whole range of institutions, not only the IRGC but also the judiciary, intelligence services, and a range of law enforcement services, armed forces and militias? You also mention the complexity of political loyalties in the state broadcasting services - isn't that even more the case with the IRGC (not to mention all the other institutions just listed)? I don't have anonymous sources in Tehran, but I would still think that Khamenei has the ability to dominate the hardliners because he is the central point in this system of parallel and overlapping institutions, and can play off factions, appoint or fire key players etc.

benedict / July 29, 2009 1:21 PM

Thank you for all of the comments. I do have a favor to ask: Would it be possible to comment on stories without resorting to calling a whole class of people names? I hate deleting comments. kgn

tehranbureau / July 29, 2009 1:35 PM

Thank you for answering my question. Look forward to more of your articles.

Minoo / July 29, 2009 1:56 PM

Mr. Sahimi, thank you for answering my question. Look forward to more of your articles and analysis. Please ignore the prior comment.

Minoo / July 29, 2009 1:58 PM

In the long run, it will be much easier to get rid of IRGC than getting rid of the clerics. But the IRGC is not going it alone w/out the clergy -- they know better. They have the full support of the Mesbah Yazdi gang with their Judgement Day religious philosophy which dictates the peaopl'e total and complete subjugation to the will of Velyat-e Amr in place of the Velayat-e Faghih. No elections, no rights, nothing for the people, just shut up and follow the orders (Amr). Thats the next phase, unless the IRGC starts to splinter, which is a distinct possibility. BTW thank you for your article, good piece.

Suleyman / July 29, 2009 3:23 PM

How distinct is the Sepah from Iranian society. After all, a majority of its members voted for Khatami.

Of course, anyone who joins is very likely to be a supporter of the Islamic system, but then so it Musawi and his green movement.

So I don't really understand how Sepah can be seen a separate interest group. Aren't the leaders appointed by Ayatollah Khamenei?

Nazih Musa / July 29, 2009 3:31 PM

Mr. Sahimi

Thank you for a very interesting article and for joining the debate with you answer to Minoo and Benedict.

It seem more and more clear - and not only from your analyses - that the IRGC is in power behind the curtain of clerics, and that this is not something that have developed over years.

That lead to two some other questions: Why? what do they want?

Of course it is possible, that some in the IRGC really belive that the are maintaing the interests of the nation.

Another answer may be, that IRGC is big business. Surely some people can have personal economic interest here. But who are theese people? Exactly how are they making money? Is it only some guys in the top, or is all members of IRGC profiting from their status?

I'm not sure anyone have complete answers on theese issues, but du you have any comments?

Maybe you can deal with it in a coming article.

Martin / July 29, 2009 5:21 PM

Sorry, there was an error in the post above:

It seem more and more clear - and not only from your analyses - that the IRGC is in power behind the curtain of clerics, and that this IS something that have developed over years.

(- maybe moderator can fix it.)

Martin / July 29, 2009 5:26 PM

Dear Martin:

The IRGC believes that it owns Iran, because it defended the nation against Iraq in the 1980s. It also believes that the clerics owe to them the power that they have, since IRGC eliminated the secular leftist opposition in the 1980s. It is also, as you say, a big business. For a long time, they acted as foot soldiers for the clerics, but now, in my opinion, they want the whole pie, not just part of it.

Muhammad Sahimi / July 29, 2009 11:20 PM

when the revolution happens the army will take care of IRGC. They will all be marginalized

Al A / July 30, 2009 2:14 PM

It is a great article and has created a lively discussion.

I want everyone to keep a close look at these factors and tell me their opinions:

1. The IRGC is not a homogenous body like any other organization that is ideologically charged with military and religious activities. It has an agenda of fending off external threats and demolishing internal reformists. It has orchestrated a complicated coup that has achieved many goals with one move. They achieved marginalizing Khamenei, bringing the opposition leaders out from their closets and into the prisons, and consolidating their hold over the power centers.

2. The IRGC is in charge of fighting the proxy wars with the United States of America and Israel. In their belief it had been necessary to keep the Bush administration from completing their encirclement of Iran by bugging them down in Iraq and Afghanistan. The Qods battalion also training and arming Hezbollah and Hamas forces to keep Israel in check. One more time they are the saviors of Iran!

3. The IRGC is trusted with most of the developmental projects that put them in touch with Russian and Chinese government in nuclear technology and gas and oil field developments, hence the support of these two countries for this coup.

4. The IRGC scientists are closely involved with the North Korean missile and nuclear technological advancements. The development of nuclear enrichment capabilities has gained momentum during the last year and it is in a time race with

the September ultimatum that was delivered by the G8

5. The IRGC Air force commander declared the unity between Islamic Republic

Armed Forces and how there is no difference within. Everyone knows there is no

love lost between the Army, Navy and the Air force in one hand and the IRGC

The SS ranks within the German armed forces were never popular.

Their cruelty, blind obedience and their sense of unearned superiority were


6. The U.S. administration is working relentlessly to keep Israel in control and tries to develop a coalition in the Persian golf states in order to design its next steps.

Their diplomatic efforts include long term Iran ally, Syria and blocking the flow of arms from Russia and China towards Iran.

7. The United States Army is expanding and even developing 30,000 pounds bunker

Buster bombs to answer the strategic needs if they deem to be necessary.

Shahnameh / August 1, 2009 10:56 PM