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The Islamic Republic of Iran mourns an Ayatollah – Tehran is neither shaken nor stirred

RT|Catherine Shakdam: This week Iran lost one its most senior revolutionary figureheads: Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani. Hailed a hero and visionary by his contemporaries, the mainstream has nevertheless opted for slander to angle its forthcoming neocon argument better.

Readers beware: Google armchair analysts are on the prowl, and they have opinions aplenty to share. Yes, I am referring to all of you instant Iranian experts, whose understanding of the inner workings of Iran’s Islamic Republic have been limited to the corridors of Western powers.

I must have missed the memo that specified that upon the demise of any state official one is entitled to revert to opportunistic politicking to somewhat justify unpalatable policies. But before I get into that, allow me to paint you the latest picture … another euphemism for the Western-made misinformation campaign.

If you have managed to somehow miss the legion of opinions that flooded both the press and social media on the pending collapse of the – oh so evil – Iranian state on account one its most senior officials suffered a fatal heart attack, allow me to fill in some of those blanks with facts, as opposed to phantasmagorical fabrications.

Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani unexpectedly died this past Sunday, sending an entire nation into mourning. A towering figure in both Iran’s religious and political worlds – note that when it comes to the Islamic Republic the two often meet, overlap, and altogether blend, never to clash – Ayatollah Rafsanjani was also one of the architects of Iran’s revolution against the Shah. To put it plainly, the former Iranian President and close friends to both Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini and Ayatollah Ali Khamenei was a legend in his own right. It is today as a hero and martyr of the revolution that he was laid to rest in Tehran’s grand mausoleum.

Mainstream media would now have you believe that his passing cracked open Iran to lay bare those dynamics which now will unravel its seat of power, and in a plume of magic smoke set the neo-liberal world to right. Try again!

Iran is not unraveling at the seams, that would be Washington. Tehran’s seat of power is firmly anchored on popular legitimacy. Iran, dear readers, may stand in mourning, but it is not lost at sea.

And however difficult Ayatollah Rafsanjani’s loss will be felt on a personal level, Iran’s institutions are much stronger than any one man. Assuming weakness on account one cannot grasp what dynamics truly animate the Islamic Republic is simply childish, not to mention arrogant. Iran has been drowned in misapprehension!

Now to the half-thought-out ethnocentric political opportunism.

How will Washington demonize Iran today? Don’t you just love 2017 already? We are not half-way through our first month and already our White House paid clowns are throwing a media party!

Let’s see, there’s been the usual post-mortem bashing and facts manipulating. It is indeed easy to argue with the dead and slap broad statements on those areas of their lives only they can comment on.

Leading the hunting party, al-Arabiya – Saudi Arabia’s favorite puppet – blew its trumpet with a well-placed: “Rafsanjani has been known for his fierce rivalry with Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and mentoring the so-called “moderate” Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.”

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To really drive the argument home, Maryam Rajavi, President of the National Council of Resistance of Iran vociferated: “The death of Rafsanjani, one of the pillars of the religious fascism ruling Iran and its balance factor collapsed, and the regime in its entirety is closer now to its overthrow.”

At this point in my reading, I’ve almost choked on my breakfast cereal!

Instability, religious fascism, fierce rivalry, Oh my, it doesn’t look good at all.

Wait, there’s more.

The New Yorker wrote: “After the 1979 revolution, Rafsanjani became the theocracy’s Machiavelli—at times wily and ruthless, at other times a jokester who gently cajoled followers with his famed Cheshire-cat grin.”

And: “Rafsanjani was widely believed to be a charlatan, too. The revolution’s rhetoric is fixated on aiding “the oppressed.” But the senior cleric reportedly became a multimillionaire, amassing wealth through back-door deals and corruption facilitated by his positions.”

There you have it, deceit, unquenchable thirst for power, nepotism, treason, blind ambition, and hypocrisy.

My turn, please!

While I will not argue that Ayatollah Rafsanjani had differences of opinion with others in leadership positions – this is what happens in a pluralistic society, people debate different ideas, there was never any real antagonism or fracture with Iran’s inner circle. The simple fact that the Ayatollah still held an official position at the time of his death speaks volumes for his standing in Tehran.

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