There is increasing evidence of a serious split within Iran’s cleric leadership as to how to deal both with President Ahmadinejad, and more fundamental issues such as the growing gap between those with power and a younger generation which is demanding more freedom as well as a voice in decision making. A powerful Iranian cleric in a sermon broadcast nationally, demanded the arrest of all those who opposed recent election results. He accused reformers of attempting to topple the government and they incited riots. “Why were the leaders not arrested?” demanded Ahmad Jannat, head of the powrful Guardians Council.
The answer to his question remains unanswered because top leaders are arguing over the best course of action. Failure to arrest Mousavi and other opposition leaders is evidence there is no unanimity among top clerics about what to do. The best course of action for the West is to remain quiet and stay out of this struggle. It must be resolved by Iranians.