Iran Inside Iraq Are Greater Than Those Of The United States
The stakes for the Islamic Republic of Iran inside Iraq are greater than those of the United States. While Washington’s international prestige is on the line, the Islamic Republic of Iran faces an existential crisis. U.S. success in Iraq and the establishment of a stable, democratic government in a majority Shiite country along Iran’s borders would undercut the theological legitimacy which the Iranian regime claims. While Western diplomats and journalists emphasize the struggle within Iran between political hardliners and reformers, the real Achilles’ heel for the Iranian regime is the theological challenge to its system of governance.