[Ali Akbar Raefipour, controversial speaker and theorist, underlines military commanders Qassem Suleimani’s and Ahmad Motevaselian’s success as Islamic Republic’s real representative, while implicitly criticizing Iranian diplomats and officials for not being good enough for Islamic revolution.]
Ali Akbar Raefipour praises Qassem Suleimani and his role in Iran’s foreign policy: One of our military commanders is Mr. Suleimani. He is one of our military commanders. Nobody talks of his expertise in military actions. Are you paying attention? Do you know what they talk about? The fact that he is a very good politician. Today everybody knows it. The Americans know, the Israelis know, we know that he was the one who brought Russia to Syria. Qassem Suleimani went and had a presentation for Putin. And that was it. Russia entered Syria with all its missiles and aircrafts. And then Aleppo was liberated. And you see how they are scorched about Aleppo.
Raefipour talks of how all Iranian politicians must be like Suleimani: This is a military commander at the level of our Islamic revolution. Every day newspapers talk about Qassem Suleimani. American, Israelis, and even Russians say, ‘Wow! Who is he?’ Our politicians must be like this.
He praises another military commander from the Iran-Iraq war: Ahmad Motevaselian had once gone to Syria to see the possibility of attacking Israel from Syria. He was one of our commanders during the [Iran-Iraq] war. Qassem Suleimani was also another one. When those who were our commanders during the war talk about Ahmad Motevaselian, it is as if they are talking about a lion. They say this guy had been rare and strange.
Raefipour talks of how Motevaselian had behaved towards Syrian military officials: When one of the Syrian officials had come to a session to talk to him, he had told him, ‘what is your rank?’ And when that official had said so and so, he had told him, ‘go get your boss to talk to me.’ When the commander of their ground forces had come, he had said, ‘their commander-in-chief should talk to me, because here I represent the Islamic Republic.’ They had asked him, ‘Haj Ahmad, what is the problem?’ He had said, ‘Here I am not your Haj Ahmad. Don’t get it wrong. When I am with you, I will even polish your boots. I would go to trenches and polish your boots. But here I am the representative of Islamic Republic. They should know who I am.’
Raefipour implicitly criticizes how others are treating Iranian politicians and diplomats: With someone like him, can they go and sit with naked legs? Can they sit someone like him on a dingy chair? Can they point the soles of their shoes towards him? No, they can’t. He sees himself at the level of Islamic Republic.