The ayatollahs and their fundamentalist cohorts in the Parliament, judiciary, and Revolutionary Guard high command continue trying to come up with ways to stymie the executive and reformist centers of Iran’s polity on the international front too. The assassination plots against Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to the US and Israeli diplomats in Tbilisi, New Delhi, and Bangkok reflect one such tactic contrived to further harm bilateral and multilateral relations. Threatening to close the Strait of Hormuz is another. It is not far-fetched either to see fundamentalists yearning for military confrontation with the US or Israel. Khamenei’s supporters figure such a clash will boost their sagging legitimacy by compelling Iranians to rally around the flag. It also will give the supreme leader an excuse to summarily silence all dissent under the guise of national unity.