Aaaaaaand nothing of value was lost.

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Among the dead was Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian, 60. The helicopter also carried the governor of Iran’s East Azerbaijan province, a senior cleric from Tabriz, three crew members and a Revolutionary Guard official, the state-run IRNA news agency reported. IRNA said the crash killed eight people in all, including three crew members, aboard the Bell helicopter, which Iran purchased in the early 2000s.

The crash took place in a mountainous area under heavy fog.

I would guess this doesn’t actually lead to regime change in Iran, because the countries Supreme Leader, Ayatollah (85) was not aboard the craft.

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The president isn't unimportant though. A sad fact about Iranian politics is that the two times they elected a reformist president - Khatami in 1997 and Rouhani in 2013 - it was followed by the election of a Republican president in the US who spat in the face of attempted conciliation.

Bush grouping Shia Iran into his 'axis of evil' and trying to link them with Sunni Al-Qaeda, and then Trump's binning of Obama's carefully negotiated nuclear agreement, has done an enormous amount to undermine the reformists as ineffective and to strengthen the hardliners around Khamanei. It doesn't get talked about enough: there's a weird sort of codependency going on between Khamanei's crew and the US Republicans.

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They do have a strange, codependent relationship.

Both Khamanei and US Evangelicals campaign on how terrible the other is and then act in a way that validates the other’s worst tendencies, making a cordial relationship between the two countries nearly impossible.

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