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    On the streets, witnesses said some protesters also shouted "Death to Khamenei!" - another sign of once unthinkable challenges to the authority of the successor of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the father of the Islamic Revolution.
    A statement on Mousavi's Web site said he and his supporters were not seeking to confront their "brothers" among Iran's security forces or the "sacred system" that preserves the country's freedom and independence.

    "We are confronting deviations and lies. We seek to bring reform that returns us to the pure principals of the Islamic Republic," it said.
    The increasing shift from protesters denouncing Ahamenijad to denouncing Khamenei is a curious evolution in Iran. Mousavi has no desire to upend the Islamic Republic, but the protest movement is drifting closer to exactly that. Will Mousavi keep the protesters more or less unified in a single cohesive movement, or as this escalates does it become a factionalized conflict, with several groups waging war on each other?

    At the same time, is Khamanei strong enough to seize the opportunity that would present if the protest movement were to bifurcate itself, squelching protest pockets opportunistically and thus squeezing the oxygen out of the movement?

    This could be a civil war that nobody wins.

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    Whether or not the protests are ultimately successful, this will end up being the downfall of Iran's theocracy, which was based on Ayatollah Khomeini's philosophy of divine authority. That has been laid bare, as it has been shown that no claim of divine authority can be made without popular support. If the people do not support the concept, and the concept is defeated, then it is, of course, not divine, is it? This exposes the fallacy of Khomeini's claim, and shows that Khomeini himself was a charlatan. Islam has penalties for using God's name in vain, just as Judaism and Christianity does. Rather than seeing him as divine, people will now see him as a tool of the devil, as they should. There is nothing Godly about Iran's Islamic Republic, as it is based on a lie, which in itself, goes against God.
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    It will indeed fractionalize, and Khameni will use the opportunity to crush the smaller factions as he can. Will he ultimately lose power? Hard to say, but one may only hope that the people will realize that the regime controls by force, not divine authority, thus if Khameni utilizes harsh tactics we may very well see an end to the theocracy.

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    This CBS link may explain our muted response in Iran. Follow the money.

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