In my post, The Unthinkable, I presented a number of options for dealing with Iran. Those options were, and are, doomed to failure.
The one option that is NOT doomed to failure is so horrible, that I find it hard to even mention.
There is yet another alternative. It is also doomed to failure, but it is something that must be tried.
It has happened before and offers some hope that it will happen here. However, it requires several factors to coincide: popular discontent and apathy in the armed forces.
Popular discontent is easy enough to obtain. In fact, it is a rising problem in Iran even as we speak.
The REAL problem is the armed forces. More specifically, the problem is with the Revolutionary Guard. Their loyalty resides not only with the Islamic Republic, but with the ideology that it represents.
That seems like something so obvious, you probably are wondering why I bothered to mention it.
As long as the leaders in Iran remain true to the ideology of the revolution that brought the Islamic Republic into power, then it will be impossible to make the Revolutionary Guard apathetic. As long as they are certain that they are doing the RIGHT THING in defending the leadership of Iran… well, the leadership of Iran will not be changed. It’s that simple.
This means that if the West wants to make ‘regime change’ happen, they need to find evidence that they leadership in Iran is corrupt and venal. And THAT will be an uphill battle.
Because they aren’t.