Monday, January 09, 2006

Iran: Theocracy or Military Junta?

Modern tyrannies mask themselves with a religion or ideology but after a while it becomes so unbelievable your just left with the tyrants. Dan Darling suggests that's happening now with Iran,
In addition to the repercussions of General Kazemi's death, notably that this is going to be a lot more short-term power consolidated into the hands of IRGC's commander-in-chief Major General Yahya Rahim Safavi and his deputy General Mohammed Baqir Zolqadr (assuming that neither were on the plane, which I doubt since both are more prominent than Kazemi and would have been mentioned first), which seems to be part of a continuing trend in Iran. One thing I've noticed of late about the regime is that if you compare the frequency and prominence of current and ex-IRGC members in the current government to clerics you'll see that Iran looks less like a theocracy and more and more like a traditional military junta. [Baar's emphasis]
Thanks to the BlogBreak over at pajama's media.

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