Middle East Notes and Comment: The Revolution Grows Up
September 10, 2009
The government of Iran struggled for decades to fit into the broader Middle East, and it has finally succeeded: it now sees its people principally as a source of instability rather than a source of legitimacy. Thirty years after the Revolution, the Iranian government has concluded it is far better to anesthetize the population than mobilize it. It is a conclusion from which there is no turning back.