The revolution has consumed itself. Today’s Islamic Republic has vastly-expanded education, a Ph.D.-packed parliament and links — albeit black market — to the world’s information network. It also enjoys a developed-world birth rate and a population bump of 20-to-30-somethings. The student revolutionaries of 35 years ago have become moderates, and even Ayatollah Khomeini’s grandkids have criticized the regime and embraced Instagram. Iran has matured and appears much closer to embracing the West.
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