Skip to comments.Report: Iran's IRGC posing challenge to the mullahs' authority
Posted on 05/02/2010 7:59:12 PM PDT by ErnstStavroBlofeld
Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps has been increasingly defying its clergy sponsors, according to a new report. The American Enterprise Institute asserted that IRGC was ignoring the directives and policies of Iranian supreme leader Ali Khamenei. In a report by analyst Ali Alfoneh, AEI said IRGC has become a force in Iranian politics as well as a state within a state. "Despite ideological congruity between Khamenei and the IRGC leadership, this could prove dangerous for Khamenei, who may find it difficult to subject the guards to his will while the IRGC develops into a state within the state and Khamenei a hostage in the hands of his own praetorian guard," the report, titled "Changing of the Guards," said. The report, released on April 14, said IRGC has overshadowed its clergy sponsors, who for years sought to monitor the elite military and security force. Alfoneh said IRGC has succeeded in converting its clergy supervisors into allies against any political reform.
"Today, the system is again weak, and, increasingly, the commissars act more as spokesmen for the guards than as agents overseeing the IRGC and ensuring that the supreme leader holds power over the IRGC," the report said. "This change undermines Khamenei's authority over the IRGC and has allowed the IRGC greater autonomy to the detriment of outsiders who would engage the regime."
The report came in the wake of warnings by senior U.S. officials that IRGC was taking over Iran. AEI has assessed that clerics installed in IRGC, particularly Ayatollah Mohammed Tahgi Mesbah-Yazdi, have been working against Khamenei since 2005. Mesbah-Yazdi was said to have been using IRGC in his bid to succeed Khamenei.
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I can just see it now. Mullahs buried up to their necks in the sand being stoned to death. That is a fantasy but it would be poetic justice.