How fragile is Iran’s regime?

How fragile is Iran’s regime? By David Goldman.

Iran’s average monthly after-tax wage was US$318.53 …

The number of Iranian women of child-bearing age increased slightly over the same period, so the collapsing birth rate clearly reflects decisions not to bear children. …

“Approximately 97% of the country is experiencing drought conditions. Due to gross water mismanagement and its damaging impact on the country, Iran faces the worst situation in the water resources of any industrialized nation. Tens of thousands of villages have been deserted and most of the major urban centers have passed their limits to absorb new rural migrants.” …

Few countries have endured this level of deprivation outside of full war mobilization, and few have seen such a drastic decline in the number of births. The only modern comparison is Venezuela. Governments with a monopoly of economic resources and the willingness to kill significant numbers of their own citizens can stay in power for quite some time, but there seems no question that Iran’s regime is fragile and prone to destabilization.

The Iranian leadership gotta have them nukes, like North Korea. Can’t back down now — look what Clinton and co. did to Qaddafi. (Libya is the only country to officially renounce and dismantle a nuclear weapons program. UPDATE: A reader points out that South Africa had a nuclear program too, dismantling their seven bombs in 1989.)