Ahmad Khatami says, “I do believe that we have multiple Rafsanjani. We must divide these Rafsanjani’s so that we can we reach a fair judgment.”
He adds, “First: Hashemi before the revolution: Hashemi before the revolution was a clear presence in the struggle. His resistance is unforgettable. The second Hashemi is after the revolution; [this is] the Hashemi who was along with Imam Khomeini. Hashemi’s services in this area are also unforgettable. As a powerful arm of Imam Khomeini in the early years of the revolution, he devoted all his life to it. The third: Hashemi who involved with those brokers (reformist leaders), this Hashemi is indefensible. This Hashemi is not approved”
He continues, “The fourth: Hashemi Rafsanjani and his stance towards his sons [actions] who views his children as sacrosanct and supports them under any circumstances. I think he damages his reputation by such support.” He also says, “The fifth Hashemi is the [real] Hashemi during his presidency, Hashemi had some strengths and some weak points. His strengths during the presidency were bringing development; the weakness of his presidential era was the start of the “cultural invasion”.”
Khatami adds, “The sixth Hashemi is including his Presidential candidate. I think he also should not be approved especially during his second term in office, his actions followed such a path that all the negative trends and counter-Islamic revolution groups became supportive of him. He was supported by Nehzate Azadi [the ‘Freedom Movement’]. He was supported by Jebhe Melli [the ‘National Front’]. And I believe the propaganda film that was made for him should be considered a final bullet to Mr. Hashemi’s reputation.”
He ends, “As for the seventh Hashemi which followed after the seditionary period, I do not have any willingness to hide my opinion and I speak sincerely when I say that I believe that Mr. Mousavi, Mr. Karroubi, and Mr. Khatami were nothing without Mr. Hashemi as their pillar. If this pillar [Hashemi] is removed from them, then I do believe that it would be possible to very quickly confront the sedition triggered by those men.”
“Sedition” is a term used by Iranian regime hardliners when referring to the widespread popular demonstrations [known as the ‘Green Movement’] against the 2009 presidential election results in which millions of people took to the country’s streets to protest against what they said were rigged elections. As a result, hundreds of people were arrested, imprisoned and killed, simply for demanding their rights.