Khamenei’s Dilemma

Final words of a good analysis piece in today’s New York Times entitled In Iran, an Iron Cleric, Now Blinking:

“Everyone speaking of Ayatollah Khamenei tends to use the word ‘cautious,’ a man who never gambles. But he now faces a nearly impossible choice. If he lets the demonstrations swell, it could well change the system of clerical rule. If he uses violence to stamp them out, the myth of a popular mandate for the Islamic revolution will die.”

It’s almost enough to make you feel sorry for the guy. Almost.

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