by: Kate Norman
Thursday, 20 February 2020 | In the days before Iran’s parliamentary election, the Islamic Republic’s supreme leader went on a Twitter tirade against his enemies—not political enemies from within, but against Iran’s favorite scapegoats: the United States and Israel.
“In the same way that the glory and splendor of the famous Titanic ship did not prevent her from sinking, the apparent glory & splendor of the US won’t prevent it from sinking,” the Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khameini declared from his keyboard. “And, the US will sink.”
Starting on Tuesday, Khamenei went on a 22-Tweet tirade against the US, covering everything from the targeted killing of Iran’s top terror chief last month to decrying the US economy.
The first Tweet on Tuesday started innocently enough, with Khameini calling for his people to vote in this week’s parliamentary elections, calling it a “source for strengthening the country.”
Many Iranians seem to have lost that loving feeling for their government, with many opposition parties and Iranian activists outside the regime’s borders calling for a boycott of the elections, calling them a sham.
The anti-regime sentiment sparked in November after fuel prices in the regime spiked, causing anti-government protests, which were brutally repressed by regime forces, who, according to human rights monitor groups, killed hundreds of protesters and arrested thousands more. The protests resurged again in January after Iran admitted to accidentally shooting down a commercial plane, killing all 176 passengers on board, most of them Iranians.
Even though the council to approve candidates for elections reportedly rejected over 6,000 moderate and reform candidates, Khameini urged his people to show up to the polls on Friday.
“Taking part in the elections nullifies many of the vicious plots of the U.S. and the Zionist regime against Iran,” the supreme leader wrote. “These elections repel the schemes & ploys of the enemies of Iran.”
The ayatollah (honorary title bestowed on high-ranking Shiite Muslim clerics in Iran) once again addressed the US strike that killed Qassem Soleimani in Iraq last month. Soleimani headed the Quds force, the elite division of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) that operates outside of the regime’s borders.
“The martyrdom of Gen Soleimani was a bitter loss,” Khameini wrote, “but it put many nations next to Iran’s side.”
Then, declaring the US government controlled by “wealthy Zionist individuals and corporate owners,” Khameini launched into a diatribe against the US economy.
Ignoring the suffering of his own people under his brutal regime, the ayatollah reposted a video of homeless people in the US, painting a grim picture of impoverished masses dying from exposure and starvation. He argued that most Americans don’t earn enough to be able to afford food and that the financial gap is continually widening between white and black Americans.
“Today, the US has created the façade of being on its feet,” Khameini declared. “The truth is that with a $22k billion debt, the US has one of the largest debts in the world today, & the gap between social classes is wider than ever.”
He slammed President Trump, saying the president’s claim that he has improved the US economy is false, having only improved it “for the billionaires, not for the people of the US.”
“We are not against the people of the US,” Khameini concluded. “What we are against is the rule of oppression, rebellion, and arrogance. Today, the epitome of rebellion, arrogance and tyranny is the US government, which is controlled by the wealthy Zionist individuals and corporate owners.”
Khameini’s concern for the American people seems misplaced, however. Photos circulated social media of flyers posted throughout the streets of Tehran by Iranians so desperate for money that they were advertising to sell kidneys, blood, anything they could for extra money to make ends meet.
Posted on February 20, 2020
Source: (Bridges for Peace, February 20, 2020)
Photo Credit: english.khamenei.ir
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