In recent months, the Islamic Republic has suffered several unprecedented challenges. In October, anti-corruption protest movements erupted in Iraq and Lebanon. In both cases, demonstrators called for an end to the privileged status that Iran’s proxies have come to enjoy. In Iraq, where the anti-Iranian demands are most explicit, militias loyal to Tehran have attempted, unsuccessfully, to suppress the demonstrations with extreme violence. But the greatest blow to the legitimacy of the Islamic Republic came inside Iran itself. In November, a wave of protests against the regime swept the country, engulfing every major town and city. Representatives of every ethnic...
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