The humiliation of Ali Akbar Rafsanjani, the head of the Expediency Council and former President of the mullahsâ€™ regime, during a speech in the holy city of Qom on June 3 once again underscored the depth of internal crisis the ruling theocracy in Iran is facing.
Chants of â€œdown with Rafsanjaniâ€ by those attending his speech which was being aired live on state-run television sounded the bells for a dictatorship on its deathbed.
Mullah Rafsanjaniâ€™s face at the event was quite a sight. With all the â€œcapacityâ€ of impudence and obscenity he holds for himself, he had lost control and it seemed as if he did not expect to be isolated by those who used to call him the â€œfoundation of the regimeâ€ and the â€œman of warâ€ before the fall of the mullahsâ€™ regime.
Who is Rafsanjani? He was the man who at the time of Iran-Iraq war, Khomeini â€“ the founder of Islamic Republic â€“ assigned to be the commander in chief of all Iranian military forces, while the current Supreme Leader of Iran, Ali Khamenei, was president. The post clearly put him at an advantage and made him the number one man in the Islamic Republic at the time.
The day after the death of Khomeini, Rafsanjani approved Ali Khamenei â€“ whose credentials in the ranks of clergy are still below many others after all these years â€“ the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic over night.