September 25, 2022

The Islamic Republic Has Already Collapsed In Hearts And Minds

Will the Islamic Republic die a quick death? No. It will go out kicking and screaming, and drag down the country with it. But its reign of terror won't last forever. 

Maybe a new war with the United States and Israel can give it a new lease on life for a little while, but the die is already cast. Its day of reckoning is coming. Apart from the clerical class and their brainwashed zealots no one wishes the regime to remain. One can only chant "death" to this and that for so long without delivering. The only thing they've managed to cause the death of has been itself.

An excerpt from, "Iran’s Waiting Game" By Christopher Hitchens, Vanity Fair, June 6, 2011:

"Iran today exists in a state of dual power and split personality. The huge billboards and murals proclaim it an Islamic republic, under the eternal guidance of the immortal memory of Ayatollah Khomeini. A large force of Revolutionary Guards and a pervasive religious police stand ready to make good on this grim pledge. But directly underneath these forbidding posters and right under the noses of the morals enforcers, Iranians are buying and selling videos, making and consuming alcohol, tuning in to satellite TV stations, producing subversive films and plays and books, and defying the dress code. All women are supposed to cover all their hair at all times, and to wear a long jacket, or manteau, that covers them from neck to knee. But it’s amazing how enticing the compulsory scarf can be when worn practically on the back of the head and held in place only by hair spray. As for the obligatory manteau, any woman with any fashion sense can cut it to mold an enviable silhouette. I found a bootlegger on my arrival at Tehran’s airport and was offered alcohol on principle in every home I entered—Khomeini’s excepted—even by people who did not drink. Almost every Iranian has a relative overseas and is in regular touch with foreign news and trends. The country is an “as if” society. People live as if they were free, as if they were in the West, as if they had the right to an opinion, or a private life. And they don’t do too badly at it. I have now visited all three of the states that make up the so-called axis of evil. Rough as their regime can certainly be, the citizens of Iran live on a different planet from the wretched, frightened serfs of Saddam Hussein and Kim Jong Il."