By the Apadana Chronicle Editorial Board
Former Iranian regime president and the leader of the so-called “reformist” faction, Seyed Mohammad Khatami, says increasing disillusionment of the Iranian people with reforms is strengthening the mentality of toppling the regime, emphasizing that this may ultimately lead to the triumph of the opposition movement.
At a July 6 meeting with members of the Society of Engineers, Khatami called for formulating a new reformist strategy, claiming the more people are drawn to the “elections,” the more ineffectual opposition groups will become.
Khatami made a similar statement last year in a meeting with the “Hope Fraction” of the Islamic Consultative Assembly, warning that reforms in the Islamic Republic are failing. He said it was becoming increasingly difficult to invite people to take part in the upcoming elections.
The boundary between the “reformist” faction and radical Islamists referred to as “hardliners” has become progressively blurred since widespread protests in winter of 2017/2018. Iranians declared their disenchantment with the “reform” movement during protests that took place in over 100 cities across the country and shook the Islamofascist regime to its core.
Protests challenging the legitimacy and the integrity of the reformists was initially dismissed by Khatami and his theoreticians. In time, however, the wider implications of the protest, specifically targeting the reformists, were realized. This was a rude awakening for the reformists who were intoxicated by their complacency.
Reformists view the secular, democratic opposition movement as the biggest challenge to their cause. Once ridiculed by the reformists, the opposition movement has now become a force to reckon with. A key function of the opposition has been exposing the deceptive schemes devised by the reformists. This has become a major source of trepidation for reformists, who have been frequently reiterating the threat from the opposition in their speeches.