It seems that Iran’s top cleric and supreme leader Ali Khamenei has decided to submit to the decisions of the three summits held recently in Riyadh, and he allowed Hassan Rouhani, whom the Iranians describe as moderate, to win a second presidential term, thus ending the chances of hardliner cleric Ibrahim Raisi.
According to news reports, Raisi was the guardian of the jurist’s favorite candidate. Khamenei decided to submit to the summits’ decisions after he objectively analyzed them as he knows well that Iran cannot confront these pressures led by America, the strongest country in the world.
Iran’s top cleric also knows well that without Russia he is a paper tiger. Syria’s rebels humiliated him and almost defeated him although they were mere groups, mainly armed with light weapons. If it had not been for the Russian air force intervention, Khamenei and the mercenaries he brought into Syria from across the world would not have withstood the fight. Russia’s support is therefore necessary for this exhausted army that does not possess a single jet or air defense systems. Khamenei’s propaganda was thus a storm in a teacup.
Khamenei’s retreat and abandonment of his candidate means that the Iranians have opted for truce – tactically – and perhaps opted for giving up the gains they made during Barack Obama’s terms.
Iran may even give up some of what it has gained in Lebanon, Iraq, Syria and Yemen if it senses how serious the new alliance is about clipping its wings.
Speaking on the military and economic levels, Iran cannot confront the consequences of this new alliance.
One of the top priorities of the guardian of the jurists’ government is to spread the Jaafari sect. In order to achieve this ideological aim, it generously spent money to expand. However, it forgot about its own people and this led to poverty, unemployment and underdevelopmentMohammed Al Shaikh