Although the popular MohammadReza Shah's opposition initiated and succeeded to rule out the monarchy in 1979 with a doctrine based on Freedom and Independence, it was not more than a few month after when "protecting Islam" became the main discourse of the leadership of Iran's government and its charismatic figure, Ayatollah Khomeini. During the first decade of IRI the most important characteristics of this political system were justified by the ideology of "protecting Islam".
The acceptance of UN Resolution 598 was the very first public sign of a fundamental change in this discourse. However, it was too late for Ayatollah Khomeini to establish this change in the whole structure of the Islamic Republic, and Hojatoleslam Khamenei took the responsibility right after when he assumed the role of supreme spiritual leader. In the first step he called himself "the leader of the Islamic Republic" and not "the leader of the Islamic Revolution". It was an important point since the Islamic Revolution was considered a movement which has to be strengthen and ideally "exported". The "leader of the Islamic Republic" was an end to an ideology whose real father (USSR) was about to collapse. It was the era of the new discourse: the sake of the
Recently, under intense international pressure, IRI has signed an agreement on allowing the U.N. nuclear watchdog to conduct snap inspections across its territory. It was not clear at the beginning but now there is no doubt that IRI will succumb to every desire of Security Council or its individual members. It is not hard to assume that the supreme leader of IRI will soon be following Colonel Gadaffi's approach toward west and international community.
There are many ways to extend this though. My own picture of this new order seems not be clear enough to state my own position but let's open the debate with the following questions:
For many of us, direct intervention has reminded us of, most of the time, a war. Apparently that is not the case necessarily. Where do we stand on the responsibility (or right) of the international community to directly intervene in individual countries? It is not only the wisdom of intervening, but the ultimate right to do so.
We may consider the international pressure mounted on Iran to reveal its nuclear activities a right of the international community. The same intense pressure can be used in favor of democracy and human rights. Where is the line where we have to say "That's it. This is something to be dealt with among ourselves?".