June 3, 2015

THE BUSINESS OF IRAN IS BUSINESS:

Why Iran's Revolutionary Guard backs a nuclear deal: It's just business (Scott Peterson, JUNE 3, 2015, CS Monitor)

One reason is that the IRGC is loyal to Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who has cautiously endorsed a nuclear deal. But another, say analysts, is that years of managing lucrative companies have created a more flexible business-first mentality, offsetting its ideological orientation.

In short, sanctions relief is good for the economy, which is good for everyone's business. And more broadly, easing the daily plight of ordinary Iranians helps guarantee survival of the Islamic Republic - thereby preserving the IRGC's prominent role.

President Hassan Rouhani won the June 2013 elections in part by promising to remove the sanctions. While some in the Guard benefited from earlier years of sanctions, until about 2011, the far more comprehensive measures imposed under President Barack Obama - from curtailing Iran's oil exports to throttling its cash transactions - have hurt even the big players.

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