On anniversary of Khomeini's rise to power, mullahs' leaders display fear over Mojahedin's influence and impact

Simultaneous with the anniversary of the rise to power of Khomeini, the clerical regime's leaders again demonstrated their fear and concern over the extensive support of the Iranian people, especially the youths, for the Mojahedin and the Iranian Resistance.

In his message on the occasion of February 11, Khamenei said the "Mojahedin fanned the fires of a big revolt", acknowledging their extensive presence and impact in society as well as the public's deep repugnance toward the regime. "Today, like always, the enemy is active... The enemy's ballyhoo should not weaken our resolve and intimidate our hearts," he said.

In his speech during the February 11 anniversary, Khatami demagogically described the Mojahedin's just resistance against the clerical regime's all-out suppression and absolute repression as terrorism. He said: "This great nation withstood the biggest wave of terrorism in history." He was forced, however, to immediately admit to the expansion of the Resistance, adding: "Nevertheless, desperate efforts by this nation's enemies can be seen from time to time."

Former President and the Head of the Council for the Discernment of the State Exigencies, Hashemi Rafsanjani devoted a large part of his Friday prayer sermon yesterday to the Mojahedin and the tremendous support they enjoyed in the 1980s. He said: "The Mojahedin were a nemesis, they were everywhere and knew everything. They really did pose a danger."

At the same time, Rafsanjani acknowledged the effectiveness of Mojahedin's publicity campaign and efforts to expose the nature of the regime inside the country, complaining that: "Whenever they find an opportunity, they blow their propaganda horns. They speak of the public's disillusionment, of their parting ways with the revolution and of the young people distancing themselves [from the revolution]."

Remarks by the three leaders of the mullahs' regime about the Iranian Resistance and their description of the Mojahedin as a "cause of a big revolt," "a nemesis" and "the biggest wave of terrorism in history" demonstrate palpably the clerical factions' fear of the advancement and expansion of the Iranian Resistance and the prospects for the overthrow of the religious, terrorist dictatorship ruling Iran. This is particularly the case as the ruling factions' internal feuding and economic bankruptcy coupled with the rise in the activities of the Resistance foretell of the mullahs' inevitable overthrow.

Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran
February 14, 1999

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