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Don't bomb Iran's hopes for change
Jan. 08, 2010 | The Globe and Mail | Doug Saunders
Iran  Ahmadinejad  nuclear  Doug_Saunders  Basij  IAEA  NIE 
january 2010 by jerryking
Change Lies in Iran's Institutions -
JUNE 30, 2009 | Wall Street Journal | By GERALD F. SEIB. Look
first at the military. Iran essentially has two different military
forces -- or, perhaps more accurately, two and a half.

It has a traditional military, the descendent of the Shah of Iran's
imperial army, which is in charge of defending Iran's borders and
maintaining a traditional military infrastructure.

But the force that has the real power is Iran's Revolutionary Guard
Corps. The Revolutionary Guard is a parallel military organization set
up after the 1979 revolution to ensure that clerical leaders would have
at their disposal a force with unquestioned loyalty and a check on
traditional military officers, who were suspect because of their roots
in the Shah's regime.

During the long and grinding Iran-Iraq war, the Revolutionary Guards
also developed a kind of junior offshoot, the Basij militias, to bring
more idealistic and fearless young men to the war front.
Iran  institutional_change  Gerald_Seib  Basij  Revolutionary_Guards  fearlessness 
july 2009 by jerryking

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