Bolhassan Banisadr, the initial president of Iran after the 1979 overthrow of the Shah, chatged that Ayatollah Khamenei was the guiding spirit behind the decision to steal the presidential election and then crack down on those opposing that decision. ‘Khamenei ordered the fraud in the presidential elections and the ensuing crackdown on protestors.” He charged that Khamenei seeks to use the military to maintain control of a theocracy and will use any power they possess to destroy opposition parties. “They don’t want Iranians to be able to even think about protests in their own homes” charged the former Iranian leader.
One would assume a religious leader might seek to play the role of the guiding force who is above those fighting, but Ayatollah Khamenei has been actively engaged in every aspect of the use of force against young people and those seeking a free Iran. There has been no moderation in the voice of Khamenei, not desire to reach out to youth, and certainly no attempt to compromise with those who believe the election was stolen.