Vince Dhimos answered a question at Quora.
Q: ONE RESEARCH CENTER HAS COME TO THE CONCLUSION THAT THE REASON THE IRANIAN REGIME IS NOT OVERTHROWN IS THE DESTRUCTION OF ITS DOMESTIC AND FOREIGN ENEMIES BY THE US. HOW HAS THE US MANAGED TO PREVENT THE REGIME FROM BEING DESTROYED?
Vince Dhimos, Editor-in-Chief at New Silk Strategies (2016-present)
It is absolutely true that the bungling US administration galvanized the Iranians around their leadership in an unexpected way that no one could have imagined, though not by destroying their enemies as stated by the questioner.
I strongly recommend you read the al-Jazeera article linked and partially quoted below. Al-Jazeera is booed and hissed by the US political class and msm propagandists, on both the Left and the Right, but it is in fact a vital source of information that the West refuses to give you. It is based in Qatar and often defies the will of the rest of the Gulf States (the main sponsors of ISIS) and has fallen out with them over issues including its sharing of gas fields with Iran — with which it has good relations.
Trump’s murder of Iranian folk hero Gen. Qassem Soleimani and his subsequent warning that he might destroy Iranian historic landmarks (illegal under international law and incredibly insensitive in any case) galvanized the Iranians, who were chafing under their Islamic regime, mostly as a result of US-imposed economic restrictions. This act of utter stupidity on the part of the US regime made the Iranians forget their disgruntlement with their government. It reminded them once more why Iran hates the US.
There is a general belief, in the West and elsewhere, that Trump ordered the murder for the purpose of garnering votes for re-election and to help escape conviction in the impeachment fiasco, and that was undoubtedly part of the motivation for the murder. But there is an even more important reason, and it is mentioned in the quoted text below, as follows: The victim happened to be on a diplomatic mission to effect a rapprochement between Iran and Saudi Arabia.
No less than Iraqi PM Adil Abdul-Mahdi said in a press conference to Arabic speaking journalists, that the US had actually instigated the diplomatic mission headed by Soleimani to set him up for their treacherous murder. The effect of this report had to be the propaganda equivalent of a dozen nuclear blasts shattering what was left of goodwill toward America in the Middle East. I think we can safely say that thinking Arabs will never again trust Uncle Sam.
I happen to be researching the topic of US interference with the peace-making efforts between Shia and Sunni to effect a rapprochement between Saudi and Iran — by far the most vital issue in the Middle East. Such a rapprochement would change everything and eventually force the US to leave. Therefore, the US — along with Israel — has been making enormous, desperate efforts to prevent this indispensable step toward a lasting peace in the Middle East. Killing Soleimani was the most desperate, and despicable, act in this war to prevent peace from breaking out. However, we must realize that now is the perfect time for such peace overtures because the Saudi royals know, following the successful attack on Saudi Aramco facilities, that the US is impotent to help them avenge themselves of Iran, and diplomacy is really the only way out of the impasse.
The quote below is prefaced with a description of the initial discontent of the Iranians with their government.
How the Trump administration saved the Islamic Republic
And then came a strong, bracing wind to fill the sails of the Iranian theocrats and lift them from their doldrums. A drone appeared from the clear blue sky above Baghdad International Airport and pulverised the convoy carrying the most popular military leader in the history of the Islamic Republic. It was even better than that. The victim happened to be on a diplomatic mission to effect a rapprochement between Iran and Saudi Arabia. [my emphasis]
To have such a paragon of peace and heroism assassinated by some joystick assassin working for the "Great Satan" was the stuff of cheap right-wing movies. Qassem Soleimani was the commander of the Quds Force, the elite overseas arm of the Islamic Republican Guard Corps who had gained his accolades during the Iran-Iraq war and had then reinvented himself as the man who had kept ISIL (ISIS) out of Iran. He was called a "living martyr" by the Supreme Leader and the people knew him for his Spartan lifestyle, incorruptibility and humility. [my emphasis]
Despite the common misgivings of Iranians about their government's regional adventurism and needless meddling in Arab politics [I am not sure why the author says the Iranian influence was needless. It effectively opposed terrorism and neo-colonialism], Soleimani was not reviled. Rather, he was seen as a soldier doing his job.
The assassination of Soleimani galvanised the population into a state of collective effervescence. The [multimillion-strong] crowds that attended his funeral processions over the last few days have been compared with those that gathered to bid farewell to the atollah Ruhollah Khomeini three decades ago.
And then, President Trump delivered the icing on the cake by threatening to bomb Iranian cities and destroy Persian cultural heritage. Thanks to Trump's bumbling cluelessness, the extremely unpopular supreme leader and his unsavoury lieutenants are now tearfully leading huge crowds of mourners. People once again are chanting "Death to America" like they mean it.