More than political dissidence Iran’s regime fears widespread famine as it could serve as a catalyst for a broad revolutionary movement and topple its institutions more surely than any counter ideology to its governance of the jurist.
Plagued by water mismanagement, insufficient crops, and debilitating sanctions the Iranians have had to contend with food insecurity for decades. One pandemic and a recession later Iran is on its proverbial knees – all of it made worse by the Leadership’s insistence to assign resources abroad in the pursuit of regional hegemony rather than aid its nationals at home.
It boggles the mind to think that the Islamic Republic can justify sending troops to Syria and Iraq, while forking millions of dollars in military support to Bahrain and Yemen and argue against subsidies to allow its workers to afford bread and fuel.
And though many among the regime’s men feel so detached from reality that they care little for the fate of their people, others have had the foresight to recognise that hunger could ultimately lead to a revolution.
Hunger is much greater motivator than political convictions.