NCRI - Mullah Ahmad Khatami, a known figure of the faction loyal to Regime’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, described the Iranian people’s active use of the Internet and social media as a “cultural war.” This “cultural war” is more difficult than a “military war,” he warned.
Khamenei, since 1991, referred to this threat using various terms, such as cultural assault, cultural NATO and cultural raid.
“Today we must sense the threat,” Khatami continued.
The young should “feel this threat”, since “they are using the Internet and social media more than other walks of life,” he emphasized, going on to claim the Internet “is a blaze targeting religion, morals and social independence.”
This senior member of the regime’s Assembly of Experts called on all religious schools and propaganda organizations to establish a specific department allocated for the struggle against this “cultural attack.”
“Only religion can stand this against these attacks. To this end, we must place more energy into religion,” Khatami highlighted. However, he failed to explain why this “cultural attack” has been growing, despite the regime’s continued effort to advocate religious solutions.
“Our young, struggling with unemployment, reach the conclusion that the state is not working correctly, and they must seek a state to save them from their frustration,” said Mullah Ahmad Alamalhoda, Khamenei’s representative in the city of Mashhad, northeast of Iran.