Jihadi management

The Islamic Republic of Iran remains an ideological state, committed not only to the concept of clerical rule, but also to the export of Islamic revolutions beyond its borders. Mohammad Eskandari, a hardline columnist for Javan, a daily close to the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), pens a long essay describing how the Islamic Republic should encourage the shaping of a jihadi generation that will harken back to the heady—and in Eskandari's mind, revolutionary—pure days of the Iran-Iraq War generation. During the course of his essay he defines his understanding of "a revolutionary person." While many Muslims might understand jihad to focus on the internal struggle to make themselves better individuals, the vision put forward in Javan suggests that the ideal revolutionary embraces fully the idea of clerical rule put forward by Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini and seeks to export it to other countries beyond Iran's borders. 

Iranian papers are not equivalent to their American counterparts: op-ed writers represent not simply their own ideas, but rather the visions of the entire paper and, more broadly given limitation of press freedom, the regime itself, because non-conforming opinions simply are not welcome. That Javan continues to argue for a more activist revolutionary ideal suggests that Iran remains not a status quo power, but rather a state that seeks to increase its influence and ideology beyond its borders not only by diplomatic means, but also by promotion of individual revolutionaries and the militias and insurgencies which they might support.

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