Time: September 14, 2018
After forty years, prominent Iranian politician Faezeh, the daughter of the Iranian pragmatic symbol, some prefer to call him the reformist, Hashemi Rafsanjani, emerged to clearly state: “The experience is over. We failed. The Khomeini experience has failed.”
In an interview on an online channel, Faezeh attacked the Islamic Republic regime and emphasized that it has horribly failed and even “destroyed Islam.”
“Like everyone, we believed the Islamic Republic would succeed but the Iranian Islamic government did not only fail but it also destroyed Islam,” Faezeh said.
She added, shooting an arrow into the heart of Khomeini’s sacredness, the supreme leader himself, and commented on the source of the disease: “Giving the supreme leader the title of the imam shields him from criticism, hence we cannot criticize the supreme leader. Criticizing the supreme leader in Iran today is a crime. If this person, (however), does not want to be criticized, he should step down. I am against giving the imam title to any figure who works in the procedural authorities in Iran because this will end with creating a dictatorship.”
The question is what is the “practical” value of these stances and can they undermine the cohesion of the strong Khomeini structure? On the short and perhaps medium term, these stances only scratch the thick surface of Khomeini glass
Opposition within the regime
The frequency of such stances though shatters the sanctity of the Khomeini experience inside and outside Iran. Before that there were the stances of former Khomeini elite like Hossein Mousavi, Mehdi Karroubi and even Ahmedinejad himself.
Perhaps these media attacks mean that some have begun to jump off the Khomeini ship that’s staggering under the raging international waves.
I think these statements’ deep significance is that they are deep and influential condemnation of “all” Islamists’ experiences, both Sunni and Shiite. This means Hamas, Ennahda and the Brotherhood in Gaza, Tunisia and Egypt. And now we await the condemnation of the Turkish Erdogan experience. We await another Faezeh in Turkey.
Saudi journalist Mashari Althaydi presents Al Arabiya News Channel’s “views on the news” daily show “Maraya.” He has previously held the position of a managing senior editor for Saudi Arabia & Gulf region at pan-Arab newspaper Asharq al-Awsat. Althaydi has published several papers on political Islam and social history of Saudi Arabia. He appears as a guest on several radio and television programs to discuss the ideologies of extremist groups and terrorists. He tweets under @MAlthaydy.