Iran postures while Egypt burns

Anti-government protesters gather at Tahrir Square in downtown Cairo. (Mohammed Abed/AFP/Getty Images) As protesters take to the streets across the … Continued


Anti-government protesters gather at Tahrir Square in downtown Cairo. (Mohammed Abed/AFP/Getty Images)

As protesters take to the streets across the Muslim world, Western governments watch and wait – hopeful that democratic government may be taking hold, but fearful that such moments can be seized upon by radical Islamic forces who have long sought an opportunity to rise up and impose their will on entire nations.

Radical Islamic movements throughout the world have long been funded and armed by Iran, which the United States has consistently described as “the most active state sponsor of terrorism.” Iranian government officials are not only publicly supporting the protests in Egypt; the Islamic Republic is taking credit for them. “The Revolution of the people of Tunisia and Egypt is modeled after Iran’s Islamic Revolution,” said Iranian Brigadier General Yahya Rahim-Safavi.

Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi said, “Popular protests and movements in North African countries, including in Egypt, show necessity of an overhaul in the region and putting an end to dictatorial rules.” These Iranians have no problem brutally silencing a popular uprising on their own soil while seeking to capitalize on similar protests from afar. These assertions would be comical if they were not pointing to something so dangerous. Iran’s real intentions have nothing to do with democracy, and everything to do with their quest for power on the world stage.

Washington Institute for Near East Policy scholar Mehdi Khalaji observed in 2009 that, “Egypt has long been suspicious of the connection between the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood and Iran, based in large part on Iran’s longstanding strong ties to Hamas – an offshoot of the Brotherhood.” During the 2008-09 Gaza War, Mr. Khalaji noted that, “Iran was highly vocal in their support of Hamas, blasting the Egyptian government for its inaction.”

Should the Iranian regime be allowed to continue in its quests for nuclear power, its ability to further destabilize the region will become even of an issue. Iran is positioning itself as the prime power in the region, and if Iran has nuclear firepower to add credibility to its threats, countries in the throes of unrest — like Egypt — will to some degree be kept in fear of what Tehran might do, directly or through organizations like Hamas.
Some hundreds of thousands of supporters of leading opposition presidential candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi, who claims there was voting fraud in Friday’s presidential election, turn out to protest the result of the election at a mass rally in Azadi (Freedom) square in Tehran, Iran, Monday, June 15, 2009. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis) (Ben Curtis – AP)

America can not allow this to happen. Should Iran become powerful, it will become both a military and economic threat not only to avowed enemy Israel, but to all nations who align themselves with the idea of real democracy and free-markets. Dictatorial regimes do not stop at the control of the hearts and minds of the people – they also seek to control the flow of wealth. If Iran builds nuclear capabilities, this kind of control is within its grasp.

During his State of the Union address, President Obama stated, “Diplomatic efforts have also strengthened our hand in dealing with those nations that insist on violating international agreements in pursuit of nuclear weapons … That’s why the international community is more united, and the Islamic Republic of Iran is more isolated. And as Iran’s leaders continue to ignore their obligations, there should be no doubt, they too, will face growing consequences.”

What the world needs now is for America to give Iran a strong sense of those consequences. The instability in Egypt and throughout the region ought to give Congress and the White House a wakeup call, and they should impose tough, more comprehensive sanctions against Iran immediately in an effort to halt its nuclear weapons program.

Iran’s intercession in Egypt fuels the uncertainty in the Middle East. A nuclear Iran with this kind of power should be a frightening concept to the rest of the world.

Christian Leaders for a Nuclear-Free Iran pray that the people of Egypt have the opportunity to embrace freedom and democracy rather than be hoodwinked into following a path similar to the Ayatollah’s revolution.

  • amachina

    Somehow, your article ended up on Google News. Read your stuff for the very first time today (although I also subscribe to the Washington Post).Scanned some of your other writings.Only one adjective comes to mind: idiot.(They actually pay you to write this stuff, or do you do it for free?)

  • JimTrott

    Three things: Oil, Israel, The Widening Gap (between haves/havenots).

  • JimTrott

    AMACHINA | FEBRUARY 4, 2011 1:17 PM,You should listen to the daily Jay Seculow Live radio/tv show. People need to see what they’re feeding to their audience.

  • alimostofi

    The title should read “Iranian regime postures while Egypt burns”. Please do not use the word “Iran” when you mean “Iranian regime”. Big difference.

  • SharpDiamond

    The truth is that Iran is winning and is winning very big. All pro-American regimes in middle east have become shaky while all anti-American imperialism are getting stronger. Look at Syria and Lebanon. The 2009 CIA operation to bring down Iran’s government by engineering a color revolution started all this collateral damage. All international and western polls of 2009 Iranian election had shown scientifically that Ahmadinejad would win the election but this did not stop CIA from supporting a small minority. Now Iran is taking advantage of a majority in middle east opposed to US and Israel and basically taking revenge. According to latest polls conducted by western polling agencies before this uprising in Egypt had shown that majority of Egyptians want to have an Islamic governance system and oppose US policies. Any one with a gram of grey matter can see that Iran the country that has the world’s fastest growth rate in science and technology is winning. GW Bush destroyed the American supremacy. Condoleeza Rice was right when she spoke of birth pangs of a new middle east but little we knew then that those pangs were Iranian children being born in Iraq, Lebanon, Syria, Yemen, Egypt, Algeria, Tunisia, Turkey etc. A simple open minded search on google and youtube about super power status of Iran can be eye opening. The usual media rhetoric of disregarding and humiliating Iran has not worked in the past 3 decades and will not work now. The truth is that Iran is much more sophisticated than given credit for. After all defeating the world’s lone super power in straight rows takes more than luck and good humor.

  • A_R_Med

    Funny how the Iranians weren’t so excited when there were protesters in their streets. Maybe they could try that again & maybe this time the US could be as supportive (at least verbally) as they are with Egypt.

  • Majedahmed

    The islamic radicals of egypt are “ikhwan muslimeen”, a radical sunni sect that the shia of iran will never support.so yeah… I think this guy is paid to write this stuff

  • mrcrider

    As we Believe and, act on what Gods Word Says. As GOD Has Ordered it. Then its Payed for. In Jesus Name I Bind all the rulers of darkness and, I command them to come down from ruleing over Cairo Egypt and. to get under the feet of Those in Authority who are in the Kingdom of Almighty GOD WHO are Obedient to HIS Commands. Those who have been called by GOD who are in Authority in Cairo Egypt. SO.IT.BE. ITS ME. K.E.C. BE MORE BLESSED. AMEN.

  • areyousaying

    Or the headline could read “Israel postures while Egypt burns” through their AIPAC mouthpieces like Sekulow who chant “bomb, bomb, bomb bomb Iran” while they promote America propping up this little dictator-on-a-leash for fear that true democracy in Egypt threatens Tel Aviv.

  • Esther_Haman

    This PREEMPTIVE REVOLUTION in Egypt will not become legitemate unless Army that we have built move out of the streets and Mubarak is hung with his Entourage all together.We need Egypt Sunni population to stand up to Iran. We can’t afford to let Egypt to have her own Revolution without us in control of the outcome, hence the PREEMPTIVE REVOLUTION . Poor Egyptians still have long way to go to taste real freedom on their own.Even at this stage of this event we are not on the side of the people of Egypt and we are giving room and voice to what the Saudis are saying, which is “the Muslim Brootherhood is an agent of a foreign power and are planted this revolt by help and assistance of Iranian”!! LOL. If this was not started by the CIA I’ll change my name.

  • jabberwolff

    That is some ironyWhy doesnt Iran let its people vote in another president and government then?!IRAN RISE UP and lets see if Obama and the Iran leaders show their hypocrisy AGAIN !!!

  • eastman1

    –“Iran’s real intentions have nothing to do with democracy, and everything to do with their quest for power on the world stage”?Is USA exactly the same? I am happy days is numbered for the dirties and ugliest Uncle Scum’s in ME!

  • kbhemi

    I guess I never realized that so many posts are made by people that just do not care to find out the truth – with the internet its pretty easy to find out about a countrys culture – origin – faith – and even what Faith and God mean to people. Instead I see condemnation and false writings so prop up what they are told to believe by radical extremists. Take the time to find out the truth about America – its people and its beliefs. No other country in the world has done more for others and for that we receive the most condemnation and insults and death threats – for what – brlieving in democracy – freedom – and helping our fellow men, women and children – not to just survive but to live free. My God does not wish war on any people – we have no radical Christians that want to kill and rampage death – in the name of God – But the Muslim faith has those sects – we don’t. Somtimes it is wise to actually look and research our fellow man to see who they are – I hope many people will take that time and insure the facts – of all – then see who you might want to be friends with.

  • SharpDiamond

    ” My God does not wish war on any people – we have no radical Christians that want to kill and rampage death – in the name of God – But the Muslim faith has those sects – we don’t. Somtimes it is wise to actually look and research our fellow man to see who they are” What a racist comment by an ignorant red neck. Your religion of Christianity has been on a killing spree since 14th century promoting colonialism, slavery and ethnic cleansing which has killed over a billion human beings. All other religions in the world combined including Islam have not killed as much people as Christiandom has killed over the past 6 centuries. There are no Islamic armies killing children and bombing wedding parties in Christian lands but vice versa is true. Hitler was a christian as was was Bush and Blair. Before spewing your racist venom go and read your bloody history of killings and stealing of other people on planet earth. Some one has gotta stop you fascists.

  • Jill007

    A dictatorship serves its dictator well.. but what of the will and needs of the people of a given nation who must live in and under the dictatorship ? Who is ultimately serving their needs, human rights, and lives ? A non-responsive dictatorship government ?

  • sshalaby

    The Revolution in Egypt has been planned and orchestrated by the Muslim Brotherhood who had an extremly violent history ( refer to their History).

  • usapdx

    RELIGIONS AND GOVERNMENTS DO NOT MIX EXCEPT IN THE VATICAN NATION.

  • hatimsalih

    The author of this perverse piece is quick to spot the inconsistency in Iran’s support for the unfolding Egyptian revolution, having only recently crushed their own people’s Green revolution – but is totally oblivious to America’s historical and ongoing support for oppressive governments in the region. Shortly before the headquarters of the Egyptian ruling party was engulfed in flames, Mrs. Clinton had wishfully described the regime of one of America’s most trusted regional allies, as stable! America’s PR machine has been playing catch up since. However, the sad truth remains: the Egyptian government’s security thugs, whose brutality against demonstrators and international journalists we’ve all been witnessing, have alas been partly funded by US tax-payers’ dollars. Even worse, America’s substantial annual aid package to Mubarak’s cruel, dictatorial regime has not been suspended. Amazingly, it is fair to conclude, borrowing Jordan Sekulow’s own words, that:America’s real intentions have nothing to do with democracy, and everything to do with their quest for power on the world stage!

  • color721

    Iran has an amazing way of spinning stories to their advantage – a skill they probably perfected through practice within their own regime. The protests in Egypt seem to deal more with democracy than Islam, however, not according to Iran. Iran is commemorating the Egyptian people for their efforts, while at the same time suppressing the cries for freedom from their own people. The Green Movement in Iran reached a high in 2009 after the illiberal presidential elections. Iran harshly suppressed the manifestations and protests of its people who called for democracy and relief from an oppressive government – very much like what Egypt is fighting for. Iran is trying to establish itself as a world power by attempting to influence the decisions in Egypt. The article goes on to delve into the topic of nuclear power – something that will certainly make Iran a force to be reckoned with. Iran needs to focus on its own issues and look at what is occurring in Egypt as a possible situation for Iran’s future.

  • wiki-truth

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  • areyousaying

    I wonder if Sekulow would be “a human rights attorney” for the victim or the assailant:Deputies: Fla. man stabbed because he was MuslimST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Authorities say a Florida man is accused of stabbing another man in the neck after learning he was Muslim during a discussion about religion.According to an arrest affidavit, the man who was stabbed told 52-year-old Bradley Kent Strott that he was Muslim while the two talked on Saturday. Investigators say Strott then grabbed the man by his shirt and stabbed him with a pocket knife.The man who was stabbed was treated for his wound, though details about his condition were not available.Strott was charged with aggravated battery. He was released Saturday evening on $15,000 bond.

  • areyousaying

    Three things:Oil, Israel, The Widening Gap (between haves/havenots).Posted by: JimTrottSums up the Christocon mindset and priorities very well.