Article source: Absar News
Article date: 14 July 2011
Ali Motahhari, a member of the Principalist faction in the Majlis, critic of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and a leader of the plan to question him, denounced a number of his colleagues in the Majlis for constantly asking the Supreme Leader’s opinion for every decision. He went on to say that at this rate the Majlis would become “a branch of the Leader’s office” and demanded that the Majlis leadership act to preserve the legislature’s independence.
On this topic General Saeed Qassemi, a commander during the Iran-Iraq War and currently a political figure close to the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), stated: “Every now and then Motahhari aids our enemies with his outrageous statements…This is not the first and will not be the last time that Motahhari has moved in the direction of the deviant current against the revolution.”
He added: “Motahhari’s ideas originates from the long perversion which he has been afflicted by… [he] has stepped in the direction of perversion and is a founder of the perversion. Not the perversion that some have recently spoken of, but rather the major perversion which goes back several years.”
He concluded: “Motahhari’s outrageous comments show that he is aligned with a deviant anti-revolution current abroad.”
Editor’s note: For some time now the Principalists, including Motahhari, have labeled the Neo-Principalists, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s circle, the “deviant current”. In this speech Qassemi, in support of the Neo-Principalists, responds to Motahhari by countering that he is the founder of a “major deviant current”. This is another sign of the deepening rifts on the right.