IRAQ'S LIBERATION AFFECTING IRANIAN RELIGIOUS POLITICS
JB at Riting on the Wall
has blogged extensively on this topic as have I to a lesser degree. The end of Sunni Baathist dominion over Iraqi Shiites and the freedom fostered by the American occupation is allowing the schools of Iraq's holy cities to reemerge to contend with Qom for religious authority
. This has significant implications for Iran's hardline rulers because " Supreme Guide" Khameini does not command the same personal respect among Shiism's Grand Ayatollahs as did his predecessor Ayatollah Khomeini while Khameini's authority rests only on Khomeini's quite radical doctrines
, heavily supplemented by Pasdaran thuggery.