Iranians against Khamenei’s mistakes

There are many Iranian voices against Khamenei because he has engaged the Iranian people in rivalry with neighboring countries

Turki Aldakhil

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The statements made by Iranians who came to Saudi Arabia from other countries to perform Hajj confirmed that Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei’s practices and statements have not served the interest of his battle against Saudi Arabia. There is a difference between the Iranian people and the Iranian regime. Moderate voices expressing the necessity of improving relations with Saudi Arabia and Gulf countries are being suppressed. Those who oppose the Iranian regime inside Iran cannot get their voices to be heard. Therefore, Arabs and Muslims do not learn of the disasters which happen inside Iran.

There is only one voice in Iran, and all opinions which do not think that clashes with neighbors are useful to the Iranians are being suppressed. The result of this unilateral and dictatorial voice has been the regional isolation of Iran. As a result, Iran has only one role left: supporting more than 70 militias in the region, safeguarding violence and supporting terrorism.

Saudi Arabia embarrassed the Iranian regime and cornered it. Earlier this month, Saudi Prince Mohammed bin Nayef responded to Khamenei’s criticism over the Saudi kingdom’s ability to manage the pilgrimage and said: “The comments made by Iranian media outlets and some Iranian officials lack credibility and objectivity. They know - before anyone else - that the kingdom had previously accommodated Iranian pilgrims with all the same facilities as all other pilgrims.” His response echoed within Iran, according to an Iranian analyst who opposes the regime. Activists inside Iran spoke out against Khamenei who insists on being hostile toward Saudi Arabia, a country which has not moved toward rivalry or confrontation but stood in defense of the Gulf against flagrant aggression.

There are many Iranian voices against Khamenei because he has engaged the Iranian people in rivalry with neighboring countries - a rivalry which they have nothing to do with.

This article was first published in Okaz on Sept. 18, 2016.


Turki Aldakhil is the General Manager of Al Arabiya News Channel. He began his career as a print journalist, covering politics and culture for the Saudi newspapers Okaz, Al-Riyadh and Al-Watan. He then moved to pan-Arab daily Al-Hayat and pan-Arab news magazine Al-Majalla. Turki later became a radio correspondent for the French-owned pan-Arab Radio Monte Carlo and MBC FM. He proceeded to Elaph, an online news magazine and Alarabiya.net, the news channel’s online platform. Over a ten-year period, Dakhil’s weekly Al Arabiya talk show “Edaat” (Spotlights) provided an opportunity for proponents of Arab and Islamic social reform to make their case to a mass audience. Turki also owns Al Mesbar Studies and Research Centre and Madarek Publishing House in Dubai. He has received several awards and honors, including the America Abroad Media annual award for his role in supporting civil society, human rights and advancing women’s roles in Gulf societies. He tweets @TurkiAldakhil.

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