Michael Totten

A Microcosm of World Politics

Iranians like to shout “death” at countries and governments they oppose. “Death to America” and “death to Israel” have been staples of the bombast belted out by hard-line ruling authorities for three decades. “Death to the dictator” is a recent addition to Iran’s political discourse.
Even more recently, enemies and opponents of Mahmoud Ahmedinejad and Ali Khamenei “began chanting”:http://www.commentarymagazine.com/blogs/index.php/greenwald/73632 “death to Russia” and “death to China” to counter the regime’s incessant bleatings of “death to America,” and to highlight the Islamic Republic’s alliance with Beijing and Moscow.
Iran’s internal divisions look more like a microcosm of world politics than they have for some time. Each side is declared a proxy of powerful foreigners. Natrually, each side’s “patrons” oppose each other geopolitically. Whether the White House likes it or not, and whether it’s a good thing or not, the reformist and revolutionary side in that fight will continue to be associated with the United States and the West.