Don’t link us to Iran!

February 9, 2011

The unprecedented popular uprisings currently underway in North Africa and the Middle East have sparked many discussions in political circles.

The approach and direction of the demonstrations and the demands made by those insisting on the ouster of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and his loyal entourage converge in one important request, namely ending the subservience to the United States and Israel and the political and social alienation of Egypt. This national request reminds many analysts and even people outside of political circles about Iran’s Islamic Revolution, which 32 years ago shocked the Western world and ended the United States’ meddling in Iran.
Many point to the fact that the current uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia are somehow a kind of replay of Iran’s 1979 revolution. In addition, the influence of Iran, as a major regional player and as the only state resisting against the Zionist regime, has made many people, especially the poor citizens of the Arab world, recognize the efficacy of Iranian diplomacy and encouraged them to press their repressive leaders to imitate the methods used by Iranian leaders. Unfortunately, some figureheads of the current uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia, such as Mohamed ElBaradei and Rachid al-Ghannouchi, have tried to distance themselves from Iran and claim they should not be linked to the Iranian revolution!
Ghannouchi, in an interview with the Financial Times, has argued that he is totally different than Iranian political figures. He even said, “I am no (Imam) Khomeini!” Good luck Mr. Ghannouchi, but this is not the way an Islamic revolutionary defines himself.
Iran now has a great influence on diplomacy in the Middle East and the entire world.
And Iranians’ successes in various fields of science and technology are the natural result of the ideas put forward during the 1979 revolution, and especially the guidelines of the late Imam Khomeini, the Founder of the Islamic Republic of Iran.
But the image portrayed by the Western media about Iranians and their leaders, especially after the incidents that followed the presidential election of 2009, has provided anti-Iranian circles an opportunity to undermine Iran’s achievements and breakthroughs and to depict the current uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia as non-Iranian, U.S.-friendly revolutions.
This is obviously U.S.-Israeli propaganda meant to decrease the anti-Western sentiments in the region. They realize that if the current protests in these countries end in an Iranian-style revolution, they will suffer a great defeat and will no longer be able to pursue the interests of the Zionist regime in the region.
Thus, everyone knows that any link between Iran’s revolution of 1979 and the current uprisings in the Arab world is not a materialistic connection but a meaningful spiritual link that cannot be denied.
Clearly, nothing good will come out of the efforts of people like Ghannouchi and ElBaradei to dissociate themselves from Iran, and it would be better for them to learn the lesson of resistance against U.S.–Israeli hegemony taught by the Islamic Revolution of 1979.