With the world’s eyes on Kabul over the weekend, the Butcher of Tehran paid a visit to Iran’s Khuzestan province. Iran’s newly inaugurated president, Ebrahim Raisi, struck a conciliatory tone in the province mired in anti-government protests earlier this summer: “Khuzestan province has very good people, and they have done their best to defend the country at different times, and we owe them a great deal.”
Meanwhile, back at the nation’s capital, Iran’s parliament continued the work of confirming a cabinet made up of international terrorists and leading human rights abusers. Raisi’s picks for interior minister and vice president of economic affairs, Ahmad Vahidi and Mohsen Rezai respectively, are perhaps best known for their roles in the 1994 bombing of an Argentinian Jewish center in which 86 people were killed.
With the true colors of Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei’s top-down government on full display to anyone invested enough to look, placatory rhetoric and veiled threats from Raisi down are unlikely to get the incoming administration far with Iranians, particularly given their growing recognition of the regime’s hand in everyday hardships.
“There’s joblessness, inflation, no hope, nothing,” Arash, a Tehran-based businessman, told The Dispatch. “Basically, the whole country is screwed.”