The only thing that keeps dictatorships in power in the face of popular revolt is the military's willingness to crush the rebellion. It sounds like the Revolutionary Guard may have just lost its nerve, having reportedly pledged not to fire on peaceful protesters. Could this be the death knell of the Islamic Republic?But in the letter, which is signed by senior officers commanding Guards units in Tehran, Qom, Isfahan and Tabriz, they urge Major Gen Jafari to "use your authority over the Basij to order them to leave their truncheons at home next time."
It goes on to state unequivocally, "We promise our people that we will not shoot nor beat our brothers who are seeking to express legitimate protest against the policies and conduct of their leader."
Iran's Revolutionary Guard pledges to hold fire - Telegraph