In an interview with the BBC’s Persian Service, Johann Bolton said the latest unrest in Iran was different from what happened before because “protesters” this time were receiving weapons from Iraqi Kurdistan.
Bolton is known for his hawkish stance on Iran and has long been the most ardent supporter of regime change in Iran. He openly called for airstrikes on Iran.
Bolton’s remarks come as Iran’s elites warn about Iran’s Syrian blueprint, which aims to disintegrate Iran into tiny states divided along ethnic and religious lines. rice field.
Mohammad Degang, Iran’s legal adviser to the president, said on Tuesday that recent developments in Iran were “beyond protests” and that enemies were using the unrest to try to bring it down.
“Recent events in the country have gone beyond protests and, as a senior Pahlavi government official acknowledged, the enemy is using all of its power, especially the media, to bring down Iran through regime change.” Tuesday by IRNA.
Added to that are recent repeated announcements by Iranian officials that Border Patrol has detained several shipments of arms destined for Iran. A senior Border Patrol commander says he has seen a 26% increase in seizures of weapons compared to last year. Over the past 45 days, more than 600 smuggled rifles have been seized by border guards, according to the commander.
This speaks to ongoing efforts to militarize the unrest in much-suffering Iran. Iranian officials and analysts say the enemy is using public grievances to try to turn Iran into another Syria.
Many Iranians from all walks of life have fallen victim to the effort. During the course of the riots, many Basij members and clerics were targeted and, in some cases, martyred, along with ordinary people.
A case in point is Sajad Shahraki, the imam of prayer at Moraye Mottakian Mosque in Zahedan, who was assassinated in a drive-by shooting Thursday night.
The police chief of Sistan-Baluchistan province said gunmen wearing masks using two Pride and a Peugeot 405 sedan opened fire on Shahraki’s car at point-blank range, injuring him in the head and chest.
Many Iranian analysts believe that such incidents are intended to further agitation in Iran, with the ultimate goal of dismantling the country. It is now even recognized by people working in foreign countries. A recently leaked private conversation between his BBC Persian anchor and his mother indicated that the enemy had put the goal of dismantling Iran high on their agenda. Anchor Rana Rahinpur told her mother that the enemy does not want a united Iran and that their support for the turmoil in the country is not sincere. To secure its profits, it seeks to dismantle Iran through unrest.
First published in Teher Times