This is the most critical test of our era. The consequence of being negligent is not that we will fall behind for a year or two, but that the whole government may collapse.
Dissident Grand Ayatollah Montazeri reportedly (I did not see anything on the English version) wrote on his website on August 25:
The biggest oppression is the despotic treatment of the people in the name of Islam. I hope the responsible authorities give up the deviant path they are pursuing and restore the trampled rights of the people. I hope authorities have the courage to announce that this ruling system is neither a Republic nor Islamic, and that nobody has the right to suppress opinion or criticism.
Mr. Can’t Pin Me Down, in his moderate way, came close to the same conclusion, warning about “a very complex conspiracy” allegedly being fomented by Ahmadinejad’s best buddy, recently appointed Presidential Office Chief of Staff Esfandiar Rahim-Mashaii, to “create conflict among the pillars of the establishment,” as Tehran Times put it.
My best guess is that all the accusations of plots are true and that in fact the reality is yet more convoluted.