Let's say that one day the Mafia by force overthrew Italy's government, took over, and installed themselves as rulers. In that scenario would anyone recognize the Mafia as Italy's legitimate government? That's pretty much what happened in Iran in 1978. However, instead of a criminal enterprise, the Mafia, the usurpers are Twelver religious-fanatics who illegitimately maintain control over Iran without the benefit of meaningful elections. Yes, Rouhani was elected out of a slate of candidates specifically set forth by their "supreme leader" the real power in Iran, the ayatola. And I understand that this bunch of unelected bums threw out another bunch of unelected bums, the shah and his cohorts, but that in no way confers legitimacy upon the current rulers. What they should be discussing are the terms of the Twelvers' departure and the installation of a legitimately elected Government, (as distinguished from unelected "rulers"). Ramp up the sanctions!
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