Iran: Mullahs Divided

Right-wingers vs. Khomeini

In less than three years, Iran's tumultuous revolution has spawned a staggering array of problems: civil violence, war with Iraq, economic ruin, international isolation. Yet, however untidy their methods, the country's ruling clergymen seemed united in their dedication to establish an Islamic republic. Now, apparently, that solidarity is vanishing, if indeed it ever existed in the first place. Having ruthlessly eliminated their secular opponents, the mullahs have lately turned on each other, arguing over everything from the sacred (Islamic law) to the profane (the spoils of political power).

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