The Head of the Council for the Discernment of the State Exigencies displayed his extreme concern over the escalation of rival factions' infighting, adding: "I see the friends of the Revolution who are brandishing their daggers, eliminating, prohibiting and defaming the institutions and themselves."
Pointing to the circumstances after Khomeini's death, when "the real danger of civil war" and "the enemy's advance" existed, he said that at the time "owing to the spirit of cordiality and magnanimity with regard to factional and group interests," with the election of a leader "in a matter of few hours," we did not allow "any cracks in the foundations of the state." He added: "I believe that our past cohesion has regrettably been tarnished."
Previously, on May 27, Rafsanjani had said: "If the Islamic nature and fundamental pillar of the state and the velayat-e faqih are undermined, nothing would be left around which national unity and people's unity with all ethnic and religious diversities would take shape."
The same day, Khatami said in the city of Qom: "Society's parting with religion and the clergy is the beginning of our fall."
On the tenth anniversary of Khomeini's death and two years after the mullahs' regime has become a troika, the aggravation of the internal power struggle and the expansion of nationwide Resistance has brought the prospects for the overthrow of the mullahs' anti-human regime closer.
Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran
May 28, 1999