Robert Spencer posits the following:
If true, this is ridiculous, an attempt by the Islamic regime to find a fall guy. Ahmadinejad was always a true believer, an Islamic hardliner, whose blood bled for Khomeini and Khamenei. It hasn’t been Mahmoud Ahmadinejad inciting the Iranian people to chant that they don’t want an Islamic Republic and to praise Reza Shah. But it is a certain kind of poetic justice that the regime that this man served so indefatigably and ruthlessly has now turned its fury upon one of its fiercest defenders.
While I very much agree with Robert about what he says concerning Ahmadinejad’s beliefs, but I believe the reason behind his arrest is something else altogether. Ahmadinejad is a revolutionary in the truest sense of the word, he’s a true believer in the cause of the 78′ revolution. What’s driving him now is that exact same ideology he fought for then. He wants to reinstate that revolution which he believes has been sidelined by today’s millionaire mullahs. This means he is in opposition to the regime as much as those shouting ‘no to Islamic state/sharia’, but for the obvious differing reasons just stated, and therefor a dire threat to the safety of the status quo.
“Report: Ex-Iranian president Ahmadinejad arrested for inciting unrest,”
Times of Israel, January 6, 2018:
Former Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has been arrested by authorities for allegedly inciting unrest against the government, the London-based daily Al-Quds Al-Arabi reported Saturday, citing “reliable sources in Tehran.”
The newspaper said that Ahmadinejad, during a visit to the western city of Bushehr on December 28, said, “Some of the current leaders live detached from the problems and concerns of the people, and do not know anything about the reality of society.”
He supposedly added that Iran was suffering from “mismanagement” and that the government of President Hassan Rouhani “believes that they own the land and that the people are an ignorant society.”
According to Al-Quds Al-Arabi, Ahmadinejad’s comments, which came as anti-government protests over the economy were heating up, led to his arrest.
The newspaper said authorities now seek to impose house arrest on the former president….