Rouhani: Iran in War-Like State
During a meeting with officials in the southern province of Hormozgan, the Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said that the country was in a “war-like” state and begged Iranians to have hope in the regime.
Rouhani was quick to blame anyone but the mullahs for Iran’s many economic crises, even claiming that “low prices” were one of the reasons for the growth of the trafficking of goods, which appeared to be a desperate attempt to defend the Regime’s intention to increase gas prices.
He said: “When gasoline is 300,000 Toman per liter and benzine is 1,000 Toman, obviously there will be trafficking.”
Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh recently said the Regime had “no other choice but to ration gas or raise gas prices” and that they would raise prices “as much as the people would endure”.
It is not clear how much gas is smuggled out of Iran due to the Regime’s secretive nature, but the government’s official website estimates that 20-40 million liters of gas are smuggled out every day, while Iran’s Countering Trafficking of Goods and Currency Headquarters said the figure is 11 million liters and Zanganeh claims it is 4-5 million liters.
Rouhani then blamed the ordinary Iranians who can’t afford to buy meat on a number of unscrupulous sellers, after the Bandar-Abbas Friday prayer leader Gholamali Na’iem Abadi said the Iranian people starvation would only lead to rebellion and the head of Tehran’s restaurants union advised that the crisis had forced a quarter of restaurants in the capital city to close down.
However, in what he probably assumed was a rousing speech, Rouhani said the Iranian people “should not think of bread only,” which is highly reminiscent of Marie Antoinette’s “Let them eat cake.” He called on the people to have “hope” because this crisis would not bring “the nation to its knees”.
He noted that the Regime was focused on long-term plans, such as healthcare and climate change. First, obviously the mullahs are not focused on any plans as they have failed to do anything to solve those crises so far. Second, that’s not much comfort to those dying of starvation or searching through the garbage bins for food. Also, it doesn’t help his case to then brag about the construction of a $68 million submarine as a “great achievement”.
The Iranian opposition wrote: “The fact Iranian people are experiencing with their flesh and blood every day is that the source of Iran’s problems is the dictatorship that stole the Iranian people’s revolution in 1979 and seized the power and dragged Iran from one crisis to another. The mullahs’ regime and its destructive policies, export of terrorism, and corruption have made the Iranian people furious crying for regime change.”