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Submitted by myth (Germany), Aug 21, 2015 at 04:36

You explain a reaction characteric of an autocratic regime. In Iran a continuation of the sanctions strengthens the oppositon outside the circle of power in the same way the current deal will strengthen the opposition inside the circle of power.

I agree the same logic applies to Palestinian leadership who must maintain their ideological integrity by means of confrontation with Israel on any subject. The government of Iran may likewise prefer ideological piety over recognition of public opinion. It is a revolutionary movement who has little ambitions to change public opinion by communication. It would rather determine public opinion by deciding who is to live or die within that public.

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