A member of Iran’s parliament said that the “unnecessary costs” of the country’s foreign policy would leave the regime “paralyzed on the streets of Tehran”.
In a Sunday speech in parliament, Jalil Rahimi Jahanabadi said that the “Unnecessary costs, which are not a priority should be removed” adding that the former Soviet Union, eventually fell apart in Moscow’s streets despite its nuclear warheads and influence around the world.
The “reformist” MP represents three cities in Iran’s Northeastern province of Razavi Khorasan and is the head of the International Committee of the Legal and Judicial Commission.
“Although our influence and presence in the region is important, we should not forget that sometimes unnecessary costs can cripple us on Tehran’s streets,” Rahimi Jahanabadi said in comments carried by the ISNA state-run news agency.
“When the Soviet Union collapsed, it had 13,000 nuclear warheads, influence in more than 20 countries and a space station, but it was torn apart on Moscow streets, losing its security and territorial integrity,” Jahanabadi said painting a bleak picture of the regime’s future.
Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei also recently published a short video on his official Twitter account about why he thought the Soviet Union collapsed.
Although seemingly irrelevant, it signals that the Supreme Leader is terrified that his regime will share the fate of the Soviet Union.
The Sunni MP also cited the economic hardships that ordinary Iranians were facing and how it would pose a threat to Iran’s “national security” with increased street protests.
“Today, people have a hard time making a living and feeding their children. If we fail to resolve the problem of unnecessary domestic and foreign expenditures, we will bear heavy costs,” he said.
“Our national security will be damaged not by the enemies but in the streets of our cities,” he added.
The MP also cited the government’s 2019 budget bill, currently being debated in parliament.
“Unnecessary costs that are not a priority in the country have to be removed and instead we have to focus on people’s livelihood, education, hygiene and healthcare and water and gas for villages,” Jahanabadi said.
This is not the first time officials have hinted about the regime’s upcoming Armageddon.
The grandson of the founder of the Islamic Republic of Iran recently said that there was no guarantee that the Iranian regime would survive.
“We must find the rules for human behavior and the causes of stability and collapse in order to live according to them. Otherwise there is no guarantee that we (regime) will stay and others will go,” Hassan Khomeini said in late December.
In an editorial in the state-run Entekhab daily on December 30, another MP also hinted at regime change writing that “when a people were dissatisfied with a government or did not have complete satisfaction, that government lacks legitimacy.”
“The people have not signed a contract with any state,” he wrote.
“The people choose rulers and governments because they believe that their demands will be met but when a government or its officials refuse to be held accountable, it’s only natural that sooner or later, they will be put aside,” Mehdi Sheikh wrote.
These comments came three days after the daughter of the late Hashemi Rafsanjani said that the regime had already collapsed in substance and that the only reason that it was still standing was “intimidation”.
“In my opinion, in substance, the collapse has already happened. It’s only the physical collapse that has not happened and I deem it very probable that it will happen,” said Faezeh Hashemi, who is also a former member of Iran’s parliament.
Before this, a firebrand senior cleric with close ties to Iran’s Supreme Leader said that “the enemies of the Islamic Republic were laying the ground to implement a new sedition” in 1398, the Persian year that starts on March 24, 2019.
“The enemy is setting up a plot to instigate a sedition in 1398 through the use of personalities,” the senior cleric who is also the head of Friday Prayers in Mashhad said adding that the people had to stand by the regime and continue “their 40 year revolution.”
There have been widespread rallies in Iran in the past few months by a vast strata of the Iranian society in protest to their livelihood conditions. Iranian truck drivers, workers teachers, students, and depositors who have lost their savings to government affiliated credit institutions have all taken to the streets.
The 2018 protests have sounded the alarms for regime elites that the people of Iran will ultimately run them over after 40 years of mismanagement, suppression and corruption.