Blaming others outside the border for the crises and problems at home is one of the most prominent approach of the Iranian regime’s leaders in justifying crises, to the extent they blamed others of the climate change in Iran, in a statement to the President of the Iranian civil defense organization, Gholam Reza Jalali, who accused Israel and other countries of stealing clouds and snow from Iran, which led to a climate change and the spread of drought in Iran.

This accusation provoked mockery inside Iran, while experts stressed that this is an attempt by the Iranian officials to evade the reality and it is a disrespect of the minds of the Iranian people. Some Iranian newspapers also refuted this claim strongly, including Etemaad newspaper, which quoted the Director General of the rapid forecast center in the Organization of Meteorology who said: “No one can steal the clouds, if that were possible, we would have seen water police in the United States.

These official statements came after the outbreak of demonstrations that turned into clashes in several Iranian cities, including the city of Khorramshahr due to lack of drinking water and the inability of the authorities to provide solutions to this problem. This led the thirst to turn from a water need into a need to topple the Iranian regime, the main responsible for all economic and social crises that the Iranian people are suffering and are growing day by day without any least attention by the authorities because of its preoccupation with external interventions and abandoning the internal crises and problems that have become uncontrollable and cannot cope with.

The Iranian regime’s intention was to deceive the peoples as usual by blaming enemies for the water shortage, pollution and mismanagement and to deceive citizens that this increasingly dangerous problem was caused by enemy conspiracies, not by the authorities’ misconduct or the regime’s mistakes!

Several Iranian cities suffer from severe water shortages due to mismanagement and lack of equitable distribution of water, as well as the poor methods used by Iran in treating water and delivering it to cities and towns, and the government’s lack of interest in developing this sector for decades. It is reported that the Revolutionary Guard control the water resources in Iran to be used only in its projects and investments, without regard to the lives of citizens.

The severe water shortage crisis is one of the most serious crises Iran is currently facing. This is confirmed by the aid to the country’s President and the head of Department of Environment, Isa Kalantari, who said: If water consumption in Iran has not been decreased, Iran’s 8,000-year-old civilization will be destroyed, stressing that 70% of the problems in the country are caused by the lack of water, and if the situation persists, the country will be subject to the risk of drought and destruction. Kalantari added that water shortage and excessive consumption are among the most serious environmental threats to the state, so the water crisis must be a priority for the work of the environmental protection organization.

Kalantari made a serious accusation against Iranian officials for ignoring the water crisis as well as their carelessness: “They understood the seriousness of the matter now, but it is too late,” he said. He added that even if the rains fall at ideal rates and the water fell the ground, there is no place to store it. As a result, the water remains on the surface of the earth and evaporates. This process makes water saltier and less suitable for agriculture. Kalantari added that according to universal standards, water situation is very critical in some Iranian cities, such as Shahroud, Nishapur and Rafsanjan, to the point they can be called dead cities from the perspective of hydrology. Experts believe that the water crisis will be one of the biggest challenges facing Iran in the coming years and the reason of millions’ migration.

Al Mezmaah Studies & Research Centre

July 4,  2018