There is no doubt that there are divisions within the Iranian ruling class concerning economic and political approaches. There is no doubt that Iran’s capitalism is inefficient. There is no doubt that the IRGC acts like a Mafia band. However, currently, it seems that the IRGC, the government (president and parliament) and the Guardian Jurist, are all united around the goal of preserving a strong state with a smaller social welfare sector and a much larger military sector.
The coming together of Qatar, Iran and Turkey against Saudi Arabia and its allies, showed that coalitions now forming to compete with each other are not strictly based on the Shi’a-Sunni divide. The alliances currently confronting each other are fighting over the control of the region, its capital, and aim to repress any movements for social justice.
At a time when the Trump administration’s bellicose language about Iran is raising serious concerns, it is important not to equate opposition to U.S. imperialism with support for Iran’s repressive regime and its own regional imperialist wars. There is an Other Iran that needs to be defended.
The Trump administration’s April 6 targeted missile strike on the Syrian airbase from which the chemical attack was launched, is not a reflection of any genuine concern for the Syrian people. It will not help the struggle against the Assad regime, ISIS and Al Qaida. Instead, this administration’s latest airstrikes are motivated by other aims.
According to Hadi Ghaemi, executive director of the Campaign for Human Rights in Iran, If Trump’s “executive order had been in effect in 2009, it would have prevented Iranian dissidents, including Nobel Peace Laureate Shirin Ebadi, from entering the United States to speak about the Islamic Republic’s violent repression of pro-democracy protesters who disputed the results of the presidential election that year. . .This order has left those Iranians most vulnerable to persecution, at the mercy of the Islamic Republic,” Below is the text of a press release from the Campaign for Human Rights in Iran.