You still will have a portion of the population 10-20%(???) who will think that they are doing Gods work to destroy any uprising. I guess what I was trying to say is that Iran will be dealing with different dynamics than Romania was when that dictatorship fell. There was nobody defending Caucescu because it was God's will.
I read somewhere that in the American Revolution only a small portion of the population actually took a stand. It will depend on how many are actually prepared to fight (die) for freedom, and how many will die to save the mullahs. Not to mention that the ones wanting freedom have no guns and the mullahs do.
What seems to be happening in Iran is a feeling among the young that the mullahs are empowering and enriching themselves thru their offices. This leads to a growing dissatisfaction with Islam itself, leading to a perception that religion is a scam for the enrichment of the clergy
Rather than a repeat of the American Revolution, the dynamics in Iran may induce something more like the French Revolution, and the longer it is successfully repressed, the bigger the final explosion will be