The dead end of the Islamic Republic has once again erupted in the streets. The triggering event was the murder of mahsa amini by Iran’s morality police last month. But the tension, the rottenness of the Islamic system that depresses the country, is much deeper. For the clerical regime, it is an insoluble predicament.
Among the casualties of this uprising may be the White House’s desperate quest to restore Barack Obamathe nuclear deal. Even before the streets erupted, Iran’s supreme leader, Ali Khamenei, was not bitten by the new deal offered in Vienna this summer. When beset by internal discontent rocking the regime, Iran’s theocracy tends to scorn diplomatic mediation. Repression at home produces truth abroad.