Rafsanjani: "We must not allow mood of despair or weakness to overcome us"

Ex-president Hashemi Rafsanjani, who heads the clerical regime's "Council for Discernment of State Exigencies," said in today's Tehran Friday prayers ceremony: "Today we must not allow mood of despair or weakness to overcome us as a result of some poisonous things we hear here and there."

Rafsanjani devoted almost his entire speech to memories of 1981 and the Mojahedin's attacks on the regime at the time. "After the incidents in June and specifically June 20 (1981), the situation became very bitter for us (as a result of Mojahedin activities)," Rafsanjani said.

In a veiled reference to the Iranian Resistance's assertion that the clerical regime had entered its final phase, Rafsanjani said: "Our enemies have set their eyes on a similar situation (to that in 1981) in vain. They sometimes say things that are too big for them. Our friends must be assured that our revolution has divine blessing... But, of course, on the condition that we stay united."

Rafsanjani referred to the aggravating internal crisis that has beset the cleircal regime, revealing his doubts about the survival of the regime by saying: "God forbid, should there come a day when (constituents of) the collection that acted as the pivotal force of the revolution confront one another, then we cannot know if we would continue to enjoy the grace of God."

Rafsanjani laid much emphasis in his speech on the central importance of "velayat-e faqih" in "preservation of the state." He dismissed any prospects for change from within the regime and added: "If forces loyal to velayat-e faqih stand united, the satanic forces, no matter how strong, cannot to defeat us."

The ex-president warned all ruling factions: "Our enemy can only infiltrate us if we are at odds with each other. But, God willing, the enemy will never be able to fulfill its sinister objectives in Iran."

Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran
June 20, 1998

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