"either an idiot... or possessed of a dangerous agenda and very cunning"
excellent analysis thereŽižek mentions Ahmadinejad's demagogic distributing of crumbs to the poor: it's worth recalling that this is how the mullahs cemented their power after the fall of the Shah but before the Islamic Revolution (there was an interim regime of about a year, when Khomeini took up residence at Qom and seemed to be politically inert, more like a Pope)the Shah had been spending a vast amount (oil revenues) on military equipment: for a while the oil kept flowing (until the wells needed maintenance) & the new regime simply stopped the military spending & distributed cash around the populacewho quickly concluded that the new regime was a Good Thing, and gave them a lot of slack when Khomeini finally roused himself for the extreme stuff
some of the people notionally on my side of politics regard the regime as 'anti-imperialist'...
I hesitate to intrude ...
Hi TomThey are not at all on your side of politics, even “notionally” - Anyone who supports the current Iranian regime are quite simply fascistic scum (IMO) and should be treated accordingly.
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