Then there is the question of opportunistic individuals residing within Iran’s present governmental apparatus. The case of the far religious right as well as leftists within Iran has already been discussed.
There are suggestions that rogue elements within the Sepah e Pasdaran (Revolutionary Guards) within the Iranian military are actively engaged in Persephobia. These Pasdaran are also distinct from the extreme religious right (the Pan Islamists).
The Persophobic policies of these particular Pasdaran are not necessarily pan-Islamic but more in tune with the former USSR’s de-Persianizing policies. Like the former USSR, these Pasdaran may fear the revival of Iran’s history and culture as this would undermine their political, economic and military authority.
It is important to that the Pasdaran (Revolutionary Guard) as a whole is very powerful in Iran and cannot be crudely considered to be just a “tool” of the religious right. The Pasdaran wield powerful influence within the government, mayorships, and even soccer clubs. Simply put, these Pasdaran have power in Iranian cities as mayors and directly order civic leaders to eliminate Iranian history at the city-level.
Mashad city walls recently painted over by city officials. Before these walls were “re-painted”, they bore the poetry passages of ancient Iranian myths and history. These actions appear to have had the blessings of elements within the Pasdaran or revolutionary guards. Photo from iran-based Mehr News Agency – see more of such pictures and the original report by kindly clicking here.
City officials tied to elements of the Pasdaran also destroyed the statue of pre-Islamic Iran’s Arash e Kamangir (lit. Arash who wields the bow) in Sari, northern Iran on June 13, 2011 (see report in Persian in the Balatarin news sharing community website).
Persephobia in action