She fails to realize the extremes to which some fanatics are willing to go. She fails to realize how uncontrollable the “street” is now actually becoming. For all the evidence of Syrian manipulation, things may have gotten out of hand, and I fear Hezb and March 8th are even more uncontrollable than the “other side”. True, their infeodation to a Faqih implies a level of control over the local pressure cooker.
But I see 2 problems with this;
Its goals are clearly stated in the constitution as “Framing the foreign policy of the country on the basis of Islamic criteria, fraternal commitment to all Muslims, and unsparing support to the freedom fighters of the world” (Article 3-15).
And who are those freedom fighters? Well, simply all those whose freedom is beholden to the views of the leader of the “Umma”, a “just and pious person”, who is in charge until the return “of the Wali al-'Asr”.
2- Persian Realpolitik
This is the second problem; while the Faqih-du-jour may be realistic enough to think in tactical terms, his level of control may be waning.
A side-effect of this struggle is the relative incoherence of Iranian foreign policy, as demonstrated by the British Marine’s fiasco. Another side effect is the regime’s increasing nervousness, unable to do much about Iran’s true ailments, the police is increasingly targeting a hard to control “morality” Hair Gel, “Bad Hijab”…
Khomeini once reminded Iranians that he had promised them “revolution, not democracy”. A phrase ripe with meaning.
And since history has so far demonstrated that “a revolution devours its children”, the offsprings of this one are apparently bent on devouring one another; if
The Nasty (Rafsanjani)
The Nastier (Der Faqih)
The Nastiest (Ahmadinejad).
Aside from her side’s political setback, that may be what-her-face’s true malaise, and why she feels that March 14th did actually “Halakouna”… So, since we’re beyond talking, and since Khomeini’s Iranian Heirs are bent on devouring one another:
How will Khomeiny’s Lebanese grand children act, when they find themselves orphaned in
How will True Believers respond to the (slow) unmaking of their version of the Faith?
Or is the question a couple of years too soon?