Skip to comments.Iran After the Theocracy
Posted on 10/16/2009 8:45:22 AM PDT by TDCAnalyst
The Iranian regime is increasingly unstable and its collapse has become a real possibility. Economic and international pressure, fractures in the regime, and the increasing hostility of the majority of the population to the government are factors that could prove fatal to the theocracy. As the Iranian governments pillars continue to shake, a new generation of leaders is poised to fill the gap and take the country in a more positive direction. Let us take a closer look at this new generation of leaders to gauge what may ensue if the tyrannical theocracy falls.
The most talked about leader is Mir Hossein Mousavi, the real winner of the rigged presidential vote of June 12 that the enraged Iranian people rallied around in defiance of the regimes security forces. Millions of Iranians wore green, the color of his campaign and his new political party, the Green Path of Hope. His popularity is likely the one factor stopping Khamenei from arresting and prosecuting him, despite the pressure of Ahmadinejad and other hardline officials. By demanding new elections, an initiative opposed only by the most ardent supporters of Khamenei and Ahmadinejad, and not complete regime change, Mousavi is able to win support across-the-board.
While hes certainly far more liberal than the current regime, he has not called for removing the post of Supreme Leader, the key feature of the theocracy. It is important for observers to remember that Mousavi is reported to have been one of the founders of Hezbollah, and he had to be approved by Khamenei to run in the first place. At the same time, however, he should be seen not as the one leading the opposition movement, but as the one led by the opposition movement...
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Just finished reading “Empire of the Mind: a History of Iran”. The author, whose name escapes me, is a typical Brit with snarky comments about the US (all of the West, actually), but he gives a very good history of the Iranian/Persian people. This change is in keeping with the back-and-forth of these people over the last 1800 years.
The imminent collapse of the Iranian regime has been predicted as often - and erroneously - as the fatal heart attack of Hyman Roth.
I’m reading this...its excellent.