David Pryce-Jones writes:
The Iranian regime has a rational pursuit of its interests. At the core of those interests, however, is a vision of conquest and empire. The clerics ruling Tehran since 1979 have put an end to Shiite quietism, a doctrine whereby the individual was asked to make his peace with God, and that was all. Ayatollahs who thought on those lines have been killed, imprisoned, or neutralized. Those who have commandeered their place exploit faith in order to acquire power. With their turbans and black robes, they may look like divines but they are acting exactly like the tyrants who have politicized and militarized one Muslim country after another. Right now, they are colonizing Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, and Yemen, and positioning themselves far afield in Sudan and even Latin America. The destruction of Israel is not negotiable, so they continually threaten, and the regime further promises to drive the United States out of the Middle East altogether.