Iran

Will Reformers Target Khamenei?

Iran is apparently calm on Sunday after Saturday’s turbulence, though it may have more to do with the government’s cracking down on media—including sites like Facebook and the indispensable Twitter—than it does a lull. Meanwhile, Steve Clemons at The Washington Note has a provocative read: A “well-connected” Iranian tells him that many reformers, including the defeated Mir Hossein Mousavi, could end up targeting the Ayatollah Khamenei himself, since he has chosen to embrace Ahmadinejad. Clemons’ friend “predicted that the so-called reformist camp—who are not exactly humanists in the Western liberal sense—may try and animate efforts to decapitate the regime and ‘do away with’ Ahmadinejad and even the Supreme Leader himself.”