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With Iran Backtracking on Hijabs, Regime Senses Its Own Weakness

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Iranian Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

JNS.org – Iranian Vice President Massoumeh Ebtekar made a surprising statement on Wednesday: that women in Iran shouldn’t be forced to wear the hijab.

“Our position is that it’s a regulation, but the use of force, we don’t go along with that type of enforcement,” she said.

Women can be jailed in Iran for refusing to wear the headscarf.

This backtracking by the regime indicates to the Iranian people that the government is weak and losing its way. Since the onset of the domestic protests last December, there have been videos on social media of women dancing in the streets and the posting of a cartoon showing a woman holding a stick with a hijab made of Iranian Supreme leader Khamenei.

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As the great Professor Bernard Lewis often said, women are the real revolutionary force in the Middle East — because they have the most to lose when the Islamic fanatics take over.

All of these recent actions are insulting to the regime, and show that the government is at best confused and unclear about how to react to the ongoing protests.

Two questions are important to answer in trying to determine if and when the regime will fall: Does the regime have both the ability and the will to do what is necessary to keep itself in power?

If the answer to either question is no, then the regime is in trouble. People will feel empowered to do things that in 1978-79 led to the Islamic Revolution and the overthrow of the Shah. That process took about a year for the revolution to succeed.

Are we witnessing the beginning of the end of this terrorist regime? Only time will tell.

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