July 19, 2007

Iran internal situation

Anyone who has followed the affairs in Iran can see the crackdown this year is much worse than it has been for almost 15 years. The situation is not normal and worsening, quite unlike how things were 5 years ago.

The current hardliners believe the best way to secure the Islamic Republic and their own future is to:

1. Seek confrontation abroad (so as to legitimize themselves as standing up to "imperialists" and to force people at home to choose between loyalty to their country and "siding with foreigners") and

2. To terrorize at home (so as to please their core supporters who are hostile to the flouting of a strict Islamic lifestyle by the vast majority of Iranians and also simply to intimidate and eliminate opponents).

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