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    It will be interesting to hear Maryam Nanazie's views on this.

    As an Iranian born ex-muslim/athiest critic of the regime, she pulls no punches on her sttacks on the Mullah.

    Salmsn Rushdie might slso have an interesting reaction considering thr regime's fatwshs against him for publishing The Satanic Verses and for the fact that he is a high profile ex-muslim.
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    I wouldn't hold my breath. The system is robust and appears to still have the support of a big wedge of the population, plus the govt is lucky the Iraqi and Syrian wars appear to be winding down. Such unrest may even strengthen the hands of reactionary elements against Rouhani over the coming months.

    Longer-term, the outlook is brighter. I'd give the mullahs a generation at most to wise up and retreat to Qom, a la the lad Sistani next door, or face a civil war.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Angular Merkel View Post
    The Antichrist which I am approves of this tumult.
    If your surname is Merkel then not only do you approve of chaos, but you likely cause some as well.
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    The theocracy is indeed weakening. But it is not yet weak enough to collapse. Give it another ten years with loads of foreign policy misadventures and it will surely collapse.

    And in that time period it might efficiently collapse the even more vile regime in Riyadh with the relrntless posturing between the two.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Analyzer View Post
    If your surname is Merkel then not only do you approve of chaos, but you likely cause some as well.
    I caused hassle in a Clarion Road address last year. Clarion is the biblical trumpet mentioned in the Book of

    Revelation. That is how I am the ANtichrist. NOwadays, I cause veritable upset in a Clubhouse. Not to mention

    uproar on the minibus which takes me to and from the Clubhouse.
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    Quote Originally Posted by eoghanacht View Post
    Example A.

    You're aware the regime is in power due to the actions of western intelligence services.

    It was well on the path to an open and functioning democracy until Mossadegh had the mad idea that the oil under the ancient soil of Iran wasn't actually British but belonged to the Iranian people.

    Operation Boot/Ajax.

    Come back when you have a clue.
    Absolute nonsense. Mossadeq was in the early 50's. Whatever else has been sustaining the regime in power since 1979, it hasn't been the Western intelligence services.
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    Had things been left alone in 1953 things could very well be different today unfortunately we will never know it is doubtful the Islamic revolution would have come about without the 1953 coup and reinstallation of the puppet of the west the Shah.
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    Quote Originally Posted by midlander12 View Post
    Absolute nonsense. Mossadeq was in the early 50's. Whatever else has been sustaining the regime in power since 1979, it hasn't been the Western intelligence services.
    Of course Mossadeq would have secularized Iranian society with a socialist twist.

    Which would presumably have caused the Mullahs to launch a power grab at an earlier date.

    Anyway the people are getting fed up with theocracy & being ruled by the whims of a murdering, raping, lying, plagiarist from 24 centuries ago.
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    Probably mossad rent a crowd, the Iranian people know the true enemies of Iran. They are smart enough to figure out that if they go down the "spring" route they will end up living in war torn sh*te holes like Lybia, Syria, and Iraq. Lybians are missing the days of free education and healthcare. Iran wisely uses its state owned oil companies to fund education, health and infrastructure projects. The west hates this and wants the likes of shell pocketing the spoils.
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    Authoritarianism is an Iranian tradition going back millennia. If the mullahs recede from centre stage we may not see Western-style democracy replacing them.
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