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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  • http://www.steppingintothelight.net Diane L. Harris

    Evil wins some days, but never forever.

  • http://facebook Leonie Cooksley

    He will always be in and have a say!

  • http://facebook Leonie Cooksley

    That is true!

  • http://www.cornerstone4sq.tv Kory

    It would be nice to think that the cleric would become no more than a clerk.


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