Iran today: What does Supreme Leader “heroic flexibility” mean?

SUMMARY: Even by the standards of the Supreme Leader’s vivid rhetoric, his Tuesday speech to Revolutionary Guards commanders was especially colorful.

Ayatollah Khamenei advocated “heroic flexibility”, while advising, “A wrestler, who shows flexibility over technical reasons, should not forget who his opponent and enemy is.”

The Supreme Leader emphasized that this should be done with “complete loyalty to Islam and revolution values”. He cautioned that this was necessary because, as one “analyzes the enemies’ plots and behavior within the framework of the hegemonic system’s challenge with the Islamic Revolution”, he will be “further exposed to the arrogant powers’ fury and wrath”.

Fair enough. But what does this mean in practice?

Is Ayatollah Khamenei, with all his florid words, endorsing nuclear talks with the 5+1 Powers (US, Britain, France, Russia, Germany, and China)? Is he supporting discussions with Washington on other issues?

And, closer to home, has the Supreme Leader given a seal of approval to Hassan Rouhani’s “engagement”, even as the President fights a battle for authority with the Revolutionary Guards?

Foreign Ministry “No Official Military Presence in Syria”

Responding to videos showing Iranian officers training a Shia militia in Syria, Foreign ministry spokeswoman Marziyeh Afkham said on Tuesday, “We don’t have any official military presence in Syria and if any footage or propaganda exists in this regard, they should be pursued (studied) within another framework.”

Syrian insurgents passed the video to a Dutch TV channel after they attacked a former chicken farm in Aleppo Province where the Iranians were training members of the pro-Assad Liwa Abu Fadl al-Abbas militia. The footage was from a documentary project of a Revolutionary Guards veteran and two cameramen.

By EA WorldView


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