As it has been the trend in the past two or three years, the President appeared on national television under the cover of a heavy media and advertising blitz to defend his administration’s performance, especially in regards to inflation. The President spoke to the people on the eve of a holy “Hajj” trip to Makka, Saudi Arabia – a trip that has been dubbed both “unholy” and ”unnecessary” by Hezbollah daily, a hardliner newspaper previously aligned with the President.
One could have expected Ahmadinejad not to bring up the scolding he received at a high-profile private meeting for running the country’s economy into the ground – as the nation’s top economists had warned repeatedly in open letters – despite the unprecedented oil revenues flowing in. One could have also expected Ahmadinejad not to follow the example of accountable and democratic politicians and not to step down despite acknowledging the defeat of his policies and his administration’s impotence. However, one could not have expected Ahmadinejad to be so defiant, stating that he forgives the failures of others and asking God to direct them to the path of righteousness.
I only ask this question: how can you expect the president, who started his term about 30 months ago, to implement progressive and meaningful economic policies in the remaining 18 months of his term?
With the Hezbollah’s warning about the President’s unnecessary “personal trip” on the “state budget,” and with the skyrocketing prices in housing and food sectors, and with the reformists’ call for a “national unity” government, and behind-the-scenes scolding from high-profile conservative statesmen, there was a small possibility that – just for once – Ahmadinejad would take the blame for his failures and submit his resignation to the Iranian people.
However, just as the President’s promise to take oil revenues to people’s tables proved to be false, actually depleting people’s tables from any food; and just as Hugo Chavez’s multiple trips to the Assauyeh free trade zone has not brought any foreign investment to the area, but has actually led to a depletion of foreign investment, reducing the workforce in the area from 65 thousand to 21 thousand, this possibility did not come true either.
It seems as if Ahmadinejad is propagating a new style of “apologizing,” which lacks both the Islamic trait of humility and the Iranian trait of artfulness and eloquence.
On Sunday night, Ahmadinejad demonstrated that God has not helped him pass even a simple test. Perhaps it is upon us to ask God for his forgiveness. May God remind him of the desire of the Iranian people in Makkah, so that he can submit his resignation upon his return, and relieve the Iranian people and lovers of peace across the world from their misery. As the Iranian saying goes, “a fish out of water is always fresh.”