Rajavi: Khamenei's remarks affirm no room for reform in mullahs' regime

Ali Khamenei, the mullahs' leader, toured the Guards Corps' "Imam Hossein" University this morning, accompanied by the Guards' Commandant General Rahim Safavi. His visit was yet another move against Khatami and his supporters. Safavi has come under harsh attacks after he vowed to crack down on the rival faction in a speech two weeks ago.

In his address to Guards today, Khamenei tacitly called his opponents "mercenaries of America," adding: "America is the Revolution's biggest enemy." Referring to Israel, Khamenei said: "The Zionist state will definitely be annihilated."

Two days ago, when the regime's conflicts and internal feuding had reached a peak, in a political onslaught on opposing factions, he paid a visit to Tehran University to keep the situation from deteriorating even further.

Previously, his Chief of Staff had warned: "With the blink of an eye, the leader can wipe out the opponents." Referring to the rival faction, he had said: "If you continue your mischief, we will do to you what we did to the Mojahedin."

Referring to recent actions of Khamenei and particularly his visit to Tehran University, Mr. Massoud Rajavi, President of the National Council of Resistance of Iran, said: By paying a visit to the University, Khamenei was in fact preventing the scheduled rally by Khatami's faction and solidifying his position in the University, where the rival faction had gained the upperhand. At the same time, by talking about reactionary intellectuals, he was drawing a line with critics and opponents of the Velayat-e Faqih.

Mr. Rajavi added: In such circumstances, Khamenei's remarks mean that there is no room for reform in the Velayat-e Faqih regime. In his speech in Tehran University, Khamenei stressed that "war is one of the things which flourishes art and culture in any given country... The best novels and films as well as the longest poems were created ... during wars." He added: "After the war, there have been attempts to return Iran's intellectual milieu to the ills of the pre-revolutionary period, to go backward, to abandon religion and to turn toward the West."

Mr. Rajavi emphasized that through his remarks against intellectuals, Khamenei was clearly covering the regime's flanks against reform and strengthening them by taking a warlike posture. The NCR President reiterated that moves in recent days by Khamenei reflect, before anything else, the weakness and deadlocks confronting the clerical regime, and in particular, Khamenei, as the regime's supreme leader. He added: While the Iranian Resistance has entered the phase of overthrowing the anti-human mullahs, these ploys cannot remedy the problems plaguing this triumvirate regime.

Mr. Rajavi said that Iran's universities are a source of horror for the mullahs, because they are a bastion of freedom. He called on all students to protest, resist and join the ranks of the National Liberation Army of Iran so as to reject the moribund clerical regime in its entirety.

Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran
May 14, 1998

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