"Among all the governments in the world, the only legitimate government endorsed by the Almighty is the Islamic Republic of Iran. The Islamic Republic is an extension of God, its Leader is appointed by God, its Revolutionary Guard is God's Army, and all its citizens are members of the Party of God (Hezbollah)," - Ayatollah Ali-Akbar Meshkini, Iran's President of the Assembly of Experts, that selects key government posts. Some consider him the second most powerful figure in Tehran.

We want to hear what you think about this article. Submit a letter to the editor or write to letters@theatlantic.com.