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If the system had once been able to accommodate hopes for reform, dividing moderate and radical opponents, now it has dashed them completely. Everyone who’s not with the regime has turned against it.
Raisi, who presided over the execution of 5000 regime opponents in 1988, would be a strong bulwark against an Iranian version of Gorbachev taking over.
He could soon preside over a full-scale proxy war, or else do the Nixon-to-China routine with Rouhani. There is simply no way of knowing.
But it is important to acknowledge that there are growing concerns within Israel about the rise of antisemitism in Britain.
A combination of repression and culture war sustained the current system in recent years. But the effectiveness of that approach is wearing off.
The US rightly considers it to be the world’s biggest state sponsor of terror – and it has too often played a malicious role in the geopolitical morass of the Arab world.
The death toll that can be laid at his feet is far greater than that attributable to ISIS and Al Qaeda.