Clerical fascism refers to a repressive religious government where clerics are in charge.
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- The claim that the United States cannot possibly bring about the fall of clerical fascism in Tehran is as silly as similar claims directed at Ronald Reagan when he set about bringing an end to the evil Soviet Empire. Indeed, skepticism about our determination to defeat Soviet Communism was far more justifiable than doubts about the thoroughly plausible path to end the Iranian mullahcracy.
- Michael A. Ledeen (September 24, 2004). Iran, Impossible?. American Enterprise Institute (AEI).
- Khamenei & Co. do not think we will respond, do not fear Western action, and believe this is a historic movement for the advance of their vision of clerical fascism.
- Michael Ledeen (February 17, 2006). "A Mullah’s-Eye View of the World". National Review Online.