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According to a Kayhan special report, Ali Younesi, the pro-Reform Khatami era Intelligence Minister, in a speech bemoaned the Green Movement’s lack of strategy. Kayhan paraphrased Younesi as saying:

“This mass movement has gathered many ideas within itself. On the one hand there are currents that see the Islamic regime in Iran as the root of all the country’s problems. On the other hand there are those who oppose the Velayat-e Faqih system and want to change the Constitution. We must stand with the [movement’s] leaders, not one step ahead of them or one step behind… I warned the Reformist parties, such as Mosharekat, that you cannot simultaneously be in the system and against it.”

Younesi appears to suggest that following a clear strategy would weed out anti-regime, anti-Velayat-e Faqih and anti-Constitution forces that he believes could hijack the Green Movement. While he views the Green Movement’s leaders, namely Mousavi, Khatami and Karroubi, as legitimate because of their belief in the regime, Velayat-e Faqih and the Constitution, Kayhan rejects this, accusing the entire movement of being an anti-regime heresy:

“The hypocritical and anti-Revolution core of the Reformists, which allows them to be in the system and against it at the same time, has been intensified by Mousavi supporters while they have been able to avoid paying the full price of confronting the regime by claiming to be pro-regime and pro-Constitution.”

Kayhan rejects Younesi’s notion that you can separate the anti-regime opposition from the Green Movement (and by extension the Reformists) and sees the entire movement (including Mousavi, Khatami and Karroubi) as anti-regime.

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