Khatami noted "the efforts of the enemy to disrupt the regime," adding, "the enemies" have painted the regime in the international community as being "unpopular" and "violent." He expressed concern over the "explosive potential in society" especially among youths and described "keeping the young generation immune from the enemy's threats and reducing their vulnerability," as "one of the most important" tasks.
While discontent and frustration are on the rise among the youths, the clerical regime leaders are terrified that they will turn to the Mojahedin and join the National Liberation Army.
Last Friday, Rafsanjani expressed a similar concern. Noting that the "youths are turning away from the revolution," he said, "who will then recruit these youths?"
In remarks on April 16 to the heads of the three branches, Khamenei, the mullahs' leader, warned of the "political, security, military, cultural and economic conspiracies of the enemies" and stressed on the "need to maintain unity." These statements display the fragility of the clerical regime and its leaders' increasing fear of the threat posed by the Mojahedin to the regime's survival.
Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran
April 22, 1998