“We need a principlist team who believes in the (Islamic) revolution and its values,” Rezaei stressed.
Rezaei who was a candidate in the presidential elections of 2009 said “Whoever claims that he can leave behind the sanctions once he becomes president, he is making a drastic mistake. And if he understands what he is saying, then he is an incredible fraudulent.”
In regards to the new round of the UN and West’s economic sanctions against the country, he suggested to apply “a Jihadistic resisting economy” in order to leave behind the sanctions and turning them into a historical opportunity for the Islamic Republic.
Rezaei who was chief commander of the Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) at the time of the Iraqi imposed war of 1980-88, noted that
Also, he added, during the Iraq-Iran war, the second round of sanctions were imposed by the
Rezaei voiced the conviction that
“But I believe the country’s performance in the economic domain was not satisfactory,” he said adding that “Contrary to the progress we achieved in the military sector, such a growth was not registered in the non-military sector. Most of efforts behind the frontlines were made to establish a system of fair distribution of consuming commodities. Even not much attention was paid to the fair distribution of opportunities and production. The efforts sufficed to the fair distribution of oil incomes and consumption. Thus, the economic administrators of the Holy Defense era were not able to employ the abundant incentives in the economic fields that had been emerged in the people after the revolution.
Rezaei further criticized the country’s economic managers and authorities of the war time saying that “They did not believe in the market, private sector or in generating wealth, but rather considered them as counter values.” Moreover, he said, “They did not have any experience (in running the country’s economy).”
Rezaei who received his PhD in economics after the end of the war, believes that “
Referring to the third round of economic sanctions against Iran, Rezaei noted that they were also imposed by the US with the objective to contain foreign investments in Iran and that lasted about 15 years till 2005. Those sanctions, ratified by Bill Clinton’s administration, were not as effective as previous ones and were easily overlooked by many foreign companies.
However, he continued, today
Presently, Rezaei said, the focal point of the West’s confrontation with
Rezaei said since many years ago he expected the emergence of an economic and cultural crisis in
Reiterating that the Americans are determined to impose an economic war on
In conclusion, Rezaei called for an all-out cooperation with the government in the present situation when the country is faced with extensive sanctions and threats. “In my literature, there is no excuse to stop helping the government under the pretext of having views and tastes different than those of the government. For me, the most important thing at the time of hardships is to stand next to the ruling government and help as much as I can. When the country is faced with sanctions and threats, the issue is not about Hashemi (Rafsanjani) and (Mahmoud) Ahmadinejad and (Mohammad) Khatami and Rezaei. The issue is about the Iranian nation and the sacred Islamic Republic system.”