Rahbar is but one man. He is powerful and enjoys support among many power bases. But Iran is littered with different power bases all with varying degrees of corruption and sway. While you might think it’s best for him to destroy his rivals. The opposite is true. He tries to make sure no power base gets stronger than him including his own allies. Rahbar cannot just snap his fingers and have entire legions wiped out. Iran is a republic and as the ill fated story of Emperor Julius Caesar shows, friends one day can be enemies plotting your demise tommorrow. Discontent over gas prices is a joke when Iran has the 3rd lowest gas prices in the ENTIRE world and lowest in Middle East. And the increase in gas prices is to allow more subsidies to the poorest of Iranians.