As you’ve possibly heard, a massive suicide bombing killed at least 7 top IRGC commanders, along with a number of others including tribal leaders.
General Nourali Shoushtari, the head of the Revolutionary Guards’ armed forces, and General Mohammadzadeh, the Guard’s commander in Sistan-Baluchestan, were among the victims. So far, 29 people have been reported dead.
RajaNews (pro-government) reports that “an approximately 21 year old male was the suicide bomber and was standing at the entrance to the physed center where the gathering was to be held.” (apparently Shoushtari held such meetings every few weeks.) It also reports that “the security of the Eastern parts of the country has recently been handed completely to IRGC.”
My question is: given the absolute poverty and destitution that the province has been grappling with, how can “security” come solely through the IRGC? What programs have they initiated (if any) to address these issues which are the heart of much of the unrest in this region?
Sistan & Baluchestan is one the most volatile, violent provinces in the country. So at this point, there is no way to be certain of what really happened: Jundallah? an attempt to exterminate IRGC’s moderate figures?
The Iranian government is not wrong for pointing fingers at outsiders.It has been doing it for so long however, for everything, that to many people, it’s sadly taken a the-boy-who-cried-wolf kind of response.
What I found particularly interesting was the way in which state (pro-government) media is covering this.
FarsNews did not find the bombings worthy of headline news.
This is a part of RajaNews’ piece: “we should note that in the months following the election, attacking IRGC had become the focus of internal opposition groups.”
FarsNews and IRNA referred to different speeches (the Friday prayer leader in Zahedan and Ahmadinejad respectively) to state that “enemies” were targeting “national unity and cohesion”.
Sounds o.k., if you don’t know what “national unity” means.
Whoever is behind this – the U.S. or Mongolia or Iranians themselves – this will fit in perfectly with the greater struggle to eradicate internal opposition.