Jafari said that rather than deviating from its Islamic principles, it was this war that resulted in Iran exporting the revolution to Lebanon, the Gaza Strip and other countries.
Most alarming for Iran’s domestic political environment, Jafari said that during the Iran-Iraq War, “domestic agents did not help the enemy, and the number of fifth columnists were few, but in the following seditions it became more complex.”
He said the 1999 student uprising and the 2009 post-election protests were American-backed and that the 2009 election protests were to some degree “more dangerous” than the Iran-Iraq War.
Jafari is not the only individual to warn about Iran’s domestic political environment and allege attempts by the United States to gain influence in the country. In a Sept. 9 speech, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei also warned about America’s desire for influence after the nuclear deal.
In a speech Nov. 1, Khamenei also warned against directly negotiating with the United States on regional issues.