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National Council of Resistance of Iran & the former Shah's Son

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Submitted by Robert (United States), Dec 14, 2022 at 17:53

I think there problem may be that there are too many leaders and that they are struggling with each other. And there is the "National Council of Resistance of Iran" which is unpopular in the USA to say the least. There is also, in exile, the Shah's former son who supports a secular democracy.

There are non-stop demonstrations in every major city and every province. Not only are the Women of Iran and the oppressed Kurds demonstrating, but students in all levels, from primary and secondary schools, but colleges and universities. In addition, shop keepers have closed their shops. And industrial workers have gone on strike.

The leadership is old, consisting of senior citizen clerics. The paramilitary forces loyal to the Ayatollah is what keeps the regime in place. And they have power because like the military in Egypt, they have their own business. But the police and the military is in a better situation to desert the aging mullah regime.

I think it's just a matter of time before a leader emerges and before the regime collapses. Even the Ayatollah's religious niece has turned on him. I see no way out for the established clerical constitutional system. Furthermore, Iran has had Shahs for ages. This kind of religious regime is rootless in Iran, and so has no real ultimate institutional or historical support.


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