Iran Seeks to Put Islamic Stamp on Egyptian ‘Revolution’
Iranian leaders, clerics and politicians are engaged in an apparently orchestrated campaign to describe the political upheaval in Egypt and elsewhere in the Arab world in Islamic terms and link it to Iran’s 1979 Islamic revolution.
State-friendly media outlets took the lead early on, but now the theme has been taken up by others, including a top Tehran cleric, a senior military officer who advises Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, and a majority of lawmakers in the national parliament.
The same establishment that vilified and cracked down on Iranian opposition supporters who took to the streets after Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s disputed re-election in 2009 is hailing the protests that have targeted the Egyptian government for the past week.
Ironically, so is the leader of the opposition Green Movement, Mir Hossein Mousavi – although in his case he linked the demonstrations in Egypt, Tunisia and Yemen not with the Islamic revolution but claimed they drew inspiration from the ill-fated 2009 Iranian protests.