The unsolvable paradox of Iran

On Wednesday, October 7, Iran's Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei praised the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) commanders in a major speech, describing them as "his dear children whom he is satisfied with 100 percent."  What is the speech's significance?  Before answering this question, it is necessary to give a brief overview of the history of the IRGC. The IRGC was formed in May 1979, just three months after the establishment of the clerical regime in Iran.  The name and identity of this entity makes no reference to "Iran" as a nation, because its mandate carries ideological connotations and goes beyond the geographic boundaries of the country.  The IRGC is the supreme leader's main instrument for the establishment of an "Islamic caliphate" in the Middle East. Article 1 of the 1979 IRGC charter states: "The IRGC is an institution under the supreme command of the leader and its goal is to...(Read Full Post)
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