Ayatollah Khamenei has now been promoted by his clerical followers to a super-human status. In certain circles, he is already being addressed as Imam Khamenei. But can combining ultimate religious and political powers guarantee tenure?
How do we not end up with a situation where the only regimes to change are those who were pro-American, because they were reluctant to use excessive brutality and were most subject to American influence?
This Valentine's day, February 14, so many youths in Tehran and other big cities in Iran carried banners and posters calling for Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's departure instead of roses and chocolates.