Rouhani the Purple Fox
Rouhani IRI Presedent
On Sunday Sept 20, 2015, CBS’s 60 Minutes aired an interview with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. Rouhani who has held top level security positions, contributing considerably for maintaining this extremist mullahs’ rule during his political career, skillfully evaded his interviewer’s questions about anti-American rhetoric and chants of “Death to America” among Iranian hardliners. Starting day first of his office Rouhani, has continuously been adding to delusion of his moderation. He made positive references to recent international developments that he described as the “first steps toward decreasing enmity” between the United States and the Islamic Republic of Iran.
In a contradictory image to delusion of Rouhani moderation, and the face he had on in this interview with CBS, however, on September 15, Rouhani addressing IRGC Seniors Commanders, strongly praised the IRCG (Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corp) and emphasized on continuation of regime’s aggressive interventions and its warmongering in the region: “We cannot be indifferent regarding Muslim countries.” Rouhani said. While the clerical regime is the most important source of massacre, conflict and crisis in the region, he demagogically stated: “We are the great soldiers that create tranquility, stability and peace not just in Iran, but in the whole region for our neighbors, for Muslim unity and for unifying Muslims that would give enemy the shivers.”
In an unmistakable kowtow to the IRGC that controls the main arteries of country’s economy, Rouhani assured his audience that their plunders would continue and asked “the revolutionary guards and the Basij to prop up the government in attaining the goals of a resistive economy and to arrive at a point of invulnerability for the country’s economy” (News Network - September 15, 2015). This conduct shows why people in Iran have nick named Rouhani as “Purple Fox”.
On Monday, the day after Rouhani’s interview aired, an editorial appeared in the Chicago Tribune, authored by Patrick Kennedy and arguing that such a foundational change out to be the precise platform of the US government with respect to Iran policy. Kennedy expressed concern that the Obama administration has been willing to look the other way on many of Iran’s abuses in the interest of securing a nuclear deal. And he indicated that the original intention behind nuclear negotiations was to “contain a hostile Iran, not befriend it.”
This sentiment is sure to guide ongoing criticism of not only the Obama administration’s approach to Iran policy, but also the broader Western rush to engage with the Islamic Republic and its oil and import markets. Iran is already set to receive as much as 150 billion dollars in unfrozen assets once the nuclear agreement is implemented. And some have speculated that the actual figure could be much larger than that once individual recipients of sanctions relief are factored in.
To echo the Iranian youth as well as teachers, workers and other walks of life who have protested during the recent months, Iranians in New York are gearing up for a major rally next Monday, September 28, to denounce Rouhani’s presence at the U.N. General Assembly. The rally, which is being organized by the Organization of Iranian-American Communities (OIAC), will press the international community to hold the regime in Iran accountable for its abhorrent human rights record. The mullahs’ regime in Iran continues to execute more of its citizens per capita than any other U.N. member state. Some 2000 people have been executed under Rouhani’s watch in the past two years. Victims of the execution spree during Rouhani’s tenure include dissidents as well as ethnic and religious minorities. The July 14 nuclear accord should not be an excuse for neglecting the human rights situation in Iran.