Khamanei’s Friday 19 June speech, and now the takeover of the security apparatus of the state by IRGC make it official: the “Republic” part of the Islamic Republic is no more. Even the loyal opposition is not tolerated. We have a new militarized regime.
Majma-eyeh Modaressin’s declaration that the new Ahmadinejad government is illegitimate, takes away the “Islamic” part as well. The senior religious body which was instrumental in bringing Ayatollah Khomeini to power and establishing the Islamic Republic does not accept the legitimacy of this government.
Islamic Republic; two words that do not tell the story of the current government in Iran.
Instead, we are moving toward a Bathist-type dictatorship backed by the military, a dime-a-dozen variety you can find all over the Middle East.