Why are the ruling mullahs specifically cracking down so hard on Iranian Kurdistan and attacking and threatening to invade Iraqi Kurdistan? Because most Iranians like so many other Middle Easterners maintain assault rifles in their homes and hence the current peaceful feminist revolution in Iran could seamlessly evolve into an armed revolt and where is that transition most likely to first happen? Yes, you guessed it right, in Iranian Kurdistan. There have been multiple attempted revolutions in Islamist Iran, yet none has been as serious as this one and the mullahs know it. It is also a fact that Zhina (“Mahsa”) Amini was Kurdish. The revolution’s feminist slogan “Woman, Life, Freedom” is derived from the Kurdish movement. In fact, the whole idea of a feminist revolution is imported from Kurdistan and so it is no wonder that the Iranian authorities are afraid of the Kurds. In fact, the regime could be right and this could develop into a nationwide armed uprising and yes it would probably start in Kurdistan.
The right thing to do in such a situation would be for the US to impose a no-fly zone on the entire Iran and bomb police stations and IRGC facilities and provide air support to insurgents. The problem of course is that the current US administration is vehemently opposed to such a course of action despite this strongly being in the national interest of the United States of America. As the Iranian regime anticipates the feminist revolution transforming into an armed revolt, the US government needs to be ready for this scenario as well and must thus be ready to reasses its opposition to assisted regime change once the revolution transforms into a revolt. Why? Because the US national interest dictates ideological flexibility on this point.