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A leading religious authority attacks the Supreme Leader! For violating the Constitution. And wrecking everything…

Ahmad Ghabel, a prominent religious reformist and dissident intellectual residing in Iran, ‎published a piece on his personal blog last week reacting to the arrest of his brother, Hadi ‎Ghabel, in which he blasted the Islamic Republic’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Khamenei, ‎accusing him of grandiosity, undermining the Constitution, committing anti-Islamic acts and ‎‎”overthrowing the Islamic Republic.” ‎

Read the whole thing. It’s easy to imagine what’s going to happen to Ghabel, but that’s the whole point. He knows it too. And he’s prepared for it. As Machiavelli said, the most dangerous thing for any leader is to be held in contempt. Feared, not despised. Khamenei is now despised by people who say it openly.