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Monday, February 28, 2011
Iran inspired the Islamic awakening in the Arab world
By Hossein Amir-Abdollahian
The model of Iran’s Islamic Revolution can be regarded as the engine of the current innovative and creative atmosphere of political discourse in confronting the hegemonic systems in the region.
On the recent anniversary of the birthday of Prophet Muhammad (S), Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei pointed to the latest developments in the Middle East and said, “The interference of arrogant powers, especially the United States, in the social, economic, cultural, and political affairs of Middle Eastern countries has plagued the life of the people and has made them think. The elite of the region have to do their best to counter this hegemonic system, which wants to hijack the people’s uprising and take control of the great movement.”
So, what are the factors related to the current developments in the Middle East and how can the people maintain the achievements of this Islamic uprising?
In a short answer to the above questions, one can say the following:
(A) The Arab rulers in the Middle East did not pay enough attention to the people’s demands, which were based on the institutionalized Islamic values of their countries, and they were always subservient to the arrogant powers and increasingly reduced the political autonomy and social welfare of their countries. They insisted on the continuation of monarchism and never allowed the people to participate in the political process. And finally, the Islamic awakening of Arab nations triggered the recent developments in the Middle East.
The model of Iran’s Islamic Revolution is regarded as the engine of the current innovative and creative atmosphere of political discourse in confrontation with the hegemonic systems. One Arab author wrote, “In the first decade of Iran’s Islamic Revolution, we called the Iranians warmongers; in their second decade, we said they had a reactionary political system; but now we are witnessing a dynamic and strong Islamic political system in the country, which enjoys political independence and accomplishes incredible achievements in various scientific, cultural, political, and international spheres. While the Iranian youth are active in science and innovation, in many Arab countries, young people are busy hunting and riding horses.”
(B) The principal actors and players in the recent developments in the Middle East are first of all the people, the youth, and political, national, and religious parties and groups; second, the governments; and third, various foreign elements.
Thus, the people are the main players. The youth, political leaders, and religious scholars, both Shia and Sunni, are trying to bring about fundamental changes based on Islamic values and the people’s main interests. The current hereditary regimes are now offering the people some minor concessions in the hope of surviving the upheaval, but they will never accept a comprehensive restructuring and change in their systems of government. And foreign players, especially the U.S. and Israel, are all making efforts to ensure that the people do not attain their goals.
The Zionist regime regards any change in the current political systems as contrary to its interests, but the United States has selected the “managed change process” and the Greater Middle East Initiative as its main policies. In his final hours in power, Hosni Mubarak told a regional official, “If anyone wants to cover himself with the clothing of the United States, he will remain naked forever.” Of course, Mubarak learned this important lesson too late.
(C) There is no doubt that the Middle East is currently a “battlefield of wills” and the most important components which are emerging from this battle are the Islamic awakening and the willful and conscious resistance of the people. The West is using two tactics: giving the green light to suppress the people and simultaneously feigning solidarity with the people in order to control and manage the changes. So, as Ayatollah Khamenei said, the elite in these countries must make vigilant efforts to prevent the enemies from realizing their goals of hijacking the people’s uprising and taking control of their popular movement.