The government of Iran is in a pickle. They are over stretched with nefarious activities around the Middle East and at the same time, America’s strong sanctions, designed to change their behavior, has really put a crunch on their economy. The third leg of this stool of trouble is the COVID-19 pandemic that is hammering at the societal underpinnings and regime credibility.
In this Sept. 18, 2016 photo Revolutionary Guard Gen. Qassem Soleimani, center, attends a meeting with Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and Revolutionary Guard commanders in Tehran, Iran. (AP)
In this photo released by the official website of the Office of the Iranian Presidency, cabinet members wearing face masks attend their meeting in Tehran, Iran on March 18, 2020. (AP)
Women wearing protective masks cross a street in the Iranian capital Tehran on March 2, 2020, following the coronavirus outbreak. (AFP)