Iranians are protesting the regime’s criminality


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The protests erupting across Iran are a reminder the theocratic regime holds power but not legitimacy in the eyes of many Iranians. Twenty-two-year-old Mahsa Amini’s death in the custody of the “morality police” has become a flashpoint not only over the hijab but for pent-up anger at economic collapse and the criminal regime’s impunity. Most Iran policy discussions in Washington are concerned with confronting its nuclear program and state sponsorship of terrorism. This focus on urgent conventional threats is understandable, but it’s overshadowed another aspect of the country that presents both a threat and an opportunity for US engagement. Russia...