... the quest for dominance within Islam and Middle Eastern geopolitical hegemony ...
"Islamic Republic" of Iran is a shadow client of the shadow global state. That quote above says it all.
Let us review the support of the "international community" for the "Islamic" "revolution" of Iran:
1 - Alarmed by the Shah of Iran's vigorous expressions of Iranian nationalism in early 70s, the West began a systemic vilification of the Iranian Monarchy. Usual useful fools/tools ala Amnesty International, et al, duly took up the misinformation campaign to paint the Kingdom of Iran as a "tyrannical police state". Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi himself "one of the worst dictators in the world'. This in a century that have provided exemplary specimens of ultra-violent systems and leaders from East to the West.
For the record, the Shah of Iran was a rather incompetent tyrant. He managed to only execute 4000+ -- these were actual factual terrorists bombing police stations, robbing banks, carrying out assassinations and not "underwear bombers", kids -- militant enemies of the Iranian state. Any modern American president has put away an order of magnitude more humans in 4 years of successful use of violence to assert dominance ...
2 - Noting the lack of success of the socialist and communist ideology in the general area -- Iran had a very active communist party since early 20th century but the Shia Clerics and their supporters divided the potential pool of useful tools.
Starting in (precisely) '77 -- in accord with the strategic roadmap of Trilateral Commission -- Iranian students in the west suddenly 'found' religion. Up to that point, most restless and idle pseudo-intellectual wannabes studying on Iranian nations' dime abroad favored Lenin, Uncle Joe, the comedy duo of Marx and Engels, or the uncompromising chairman Meow -- put in a bowl, shake vigorously, and grab a selection and don't forget to put a star, sheaf of wheat, and a raised hand hoisting a carbine in your flag, Comrades! -- but then suddenly they all put on beards, and started lining up for prayers facing Mecca ...
Historic context, dear reader, is this is the period that immediately let to the following (planned) sequence of events to permanently destabilize the so-called "middle east" aka East and Central Asia: Removal of the Shah -> Invasion of Afghanistan by USSR -> civil war in Lebanon -> American embassy hostages -> Iran-Iraq war (millions dead and maimed ...) -> Iran-Contra -> Iraq war #1 -> Muslim tewowism -> "Al-Qaeda" -> apparent suspension of the Laws of Physics in NYC -> The New American Police State -> Iraq War #2 -> overthrow of Libyan regime -> on-going attempt at overthrow of Syrian regime -> "ISIS" -> ...
Funny thing, dear reader, that through out the period of 77 -> now, the West has been protecting and removing the enemies of the "Islamic Republicans" :)
1 - "Saint" Ayatollah Khomeni (per Time magazine) and CIA assets (complete with girlfriends in American media :) advising the said "Saint" in Paris, France;
1a - BBC News actually broadcasted the place and date for rallies as announced in Paris. This is before Twitter and Facebook, dear colorful revolutionary comrades!,
2 - Clear directive delivered by US military to Imperial Iranian Generals to "stand down" (FACT)
3 - Delivery of the "Saint" by Air France -- in a replay of Lenin's ride in a sealed German train to Russia -- to the hapless and clueless Iranian nation,
4 - Covert military support to Iran by USA and Israel during Iran-Iraq war,
5 - Removal of enemy number one, Saddam Hussein,
6 - Removal of enemy number two, the Taliban,
7 - Establishment the bona fides of "revolutionary Muslims" of "IR" of I as 'leaders of the Muslims worldwide', e.g. "Let's bomb Iran",
7a - former head of CIA cum defense minister kindly furnished a Stealth Drone to the bewildered Iranian military -- review the photos :) -- to signal the Zionist client regime in Tel Aviv to "back off" ..
8 - Insertion of "ISIS" via destabilized Syria into Iraq -- US and Iran have collaborated in fighting "ISIS", did you know? (ISIS's purpose in part is, as a caricature of an orthodox Sunni regime, to completely discredit such notions.)
9 - Gradual 'resolution' of the Iranian "nuclear threat" and likely re-integration, saber rattling by the elite organ NYTimes not-withstanding ...