Iran’s state-run media regularly remind the Iranian regime of how “violent” nationwide protests can break out at any moment by an angry population reeling from poverty. In the most recent example, the editor in chief of Asr-e Iran website wrote a piece comparing Beirut’s ammonium nitrate explosion to popular discontent in Iran.
“A small spark led to a terrible explosion in that silent warehouse, and Beirut, with all its beauty and splendor, collapsed in moments,” Jafar Mohammadi wrote in the August 10 piece that has since been removed from the website.
“The large warehouse in Iran may explode at any moment, destroying everything,” he wrote in the article titled, “the nitrate of discontent”.
According to the editor in chief of the state-run website, “Every single Iranian knows, and official statistics indicate that the people of Iran are more discontent than they have ever been in recent decades.”
Mohamamdi said that that Iranians were discontent with everything from the state of the economy and politics to religion and culture.
“Governments have two options to deal with discontent, especially if they are a majority; they must satisfy them or at least give them hope with serious reforms, or they can turn dissatisfied people into protesters by continuing the policies that lead to dissatisfaction.”
Mohammadi said that the continuance of the status quo would turn “discontented people” into “protesters,” and that protesters would overtime become “subversive”.
“The Islamic Republic of Iran is at a historic juncture, and the sensible and stabilizing path is to turn the dissatisfied into satisfied people who are supportive (of the regime), otherwise the nitrate of discontent may explode and lead to what should not be.”
The truth is that Iranians turned “subversive” a long time ago. Protests against the poor state of the economy in the past few years have quickly turned into angry chants against the regime in its entirety. Protesters target the Supreme Leader, Ali Khamenei, and specifically call for his downfall.
The Iranian regime is too weak for the so-called reforms put forth by the state-run website. Any kind of reform would quickly lead to the regime’s demise. Khamenei is cracking down on dissent like never before, as was evident during the 2019 nationwide protests when security forces indiscriminately shot and killed 1,500 men, women, and children across Iran.
And as Iranian officials and state-run media alike have warned, this policy will only increase the people’s wrath against the regime and hopefully lead to the downfall of the theocracy that has wreaked havoc in Iran for the past 41 years.