On Monday, Hassan Rouhani, spoke at the last cabinet meeting of Iran’s calendar year, which ends on March 20th. He attacked the Trump administration on the sanctions by calling them “crimes against humanity” whose victims are ordinary Iranians. Rouhani, whose own position within the ranks of the Khomeiniist regime becomes increasingly precarious, has come under attack from both the ersatz Reformists and Hardliners.
Deflecting from the Khomeiniist regime’s own track record, Rouhani claimed that the presidency’s legal affairs department, along with the Islamic judiciary and foreign ministry, have been tasked with “drawing up a lawsuit against all those in the U.S. who are a part of planning, partnering and implementing the sanctions.” He added that said charges would be filed in court inside Iran.
“The world should know that what America has done was not against the Iranian state, it was not against Iran’s nuclear program, it was against the wellbeing of the Iranian people,” he said.
Rouhani said the sanctions targeted “the normal life of the people… the food supply… the medical supply of the people.”
What he did not mention or take responsibility for, was the decades of the Revolutionary Guards’ black marketeering, the gaping social divisions created by the financial malfeasance of the Khomeiniist regime itself, the plummeting value of the Rial, bringing with it hyper-inflation, all of which has been created under this regime’s watch.
Many have claimed that sanctions have impacted medical and food supplies. However, for decades, Khomeiniist leaders and many of their Western allies have persisted in distorting facts, claiming that there are sanctions on foodstuffs and medicine, where there never has been. The simple reason for the shortages, however, is the regime’s own black marketeering in said goods, in order to overcharge Iranians who cannot afford the exorbitant prices that are being charged in the illicit business run by the leaders of the regime.
This current action of initiating a lawsuit is, thus, just another publicity stunt, devoid of meaning or relevance. It is a mirroring of court cases that have occurred in the US, where the regime was found guilty and financially liable for multiple acts of terrorism, including the 9/11 attacks. This tat-for-tat response, of course, occurs under a totalitarian judiciary system that has no independence from the state. At a time during which Khomeiniism has been increasingly rejected, even by other Shi’a clerics, across the Middle East, the regime court’s verdict would merely be perceived as a farce outside of Iran’s borders.