Feb. 01, 2011
By A. Mohammadi
In light of the latest developments in the Middle East, it seems that only U.S. and Israeli politicians are aware of its true nature. The Day of Rage, in which millions of people demonstrated in Egypt after last week’s Friday prayers, will be an everlasting incident in the history of the country.
On that special day, one could hear the sound of the crumbing of the foundation of a system based on oppression and dictatorship, which benefited for years from the vast support of the United States, Britain, and the Zionist regime. The ambiguous stances adopted by the United States were a sign of Washington’s complete reluctance to support the demonstrations and its interest in maintaining the current government, but in a tactical move, U.S. officials provided a modicum of support for the revolutionaries. Let us not forget the fact that in the recent Egyptian parliamentary elections, in which only 17 percent of the people participated, Washington remained silent on the non-participation of the vast majority of the population.
Worse than this, in justifying the so-called balanced stance toward the Egyptian people and the country’s authoritarian rulers, Washington admired Hosni Mubarak’s services in maintaining the so-called peace and stability in the region, which more than anything else only satisfied the interests of the Zionist regime and provided the Zionist criminals with the political, economic, and military means to repress the Palestinians. However, it is clear that the U.S. and Britain apparently still hope to receive services from the puppet regime in Egypt.
Tony Blair has expressed hope that the U.S. and Britain will be able to manage the situation so that the West and Israel can continue to protect their interests, at the cost of the people’s repression. It seems that U.S. and British officials are repeating the mistakes they made during Iran’s Islamic Revolution. They do not have a correct perception of the culture and characteristics of Eastern nations, especially Islamic societies, and they think that through some changes and amendments to the current situation, they will be able to restore their colonial power of yesteryear.
The latest developments in the Middle East, and in Arab and Islamic countries, are rooted in the people’s frustration and their bitter experiences with puppet governments, especially those dominated by Washington. Experiences like the humiliation of the Palestinian people, the occupation of their homeland, with the full political and military support of the U.S and other Western countries, dangerous plots, such as the breakup of Egypt’s most important Islamic neighbor, Sudan, the creation of divisions in Lebanon through a politically motivated court, while the main perpetrators of Rafiq Hariri’s murder are the occupiers of Palestine, the occupation of Iraq and the massacre of hundreds of thousands of innocent Iraqis, the invasion of Afghanistan, the unfair method of dealing with the Islamic Republic of Iran’s peaceful nuclear program, while supporting Israel’s possession of more than 200 nuclear warheads, insulting Islam, and plundering the resources of Muslim nations and ignoring the tragic economic situation in these countries; all this is the result of the fact that dependence and corruption are the main attributes of these governments, and the people are sure that the main cause of all these problems is their puppet regimes.
In fact, when we Iranians rebelled against the shah 32 years ago, we didn’t stand against him but against the United States, and therefore the people didn’t accept minor changes such as replacing the shah with Shahpour Bakhtiar, but based on the guidance of the Islamic leader Imam Khomeini, we knew that the main causes of the problems were those overlords who guided a puppet like the shah and their policies. Therefore, we knew that even by ousting the shah, our problems would not end because the world powers in the West were waiting for the right moment to restore the situation in order to serve their interests in the best way. Because of this revolutionary and conscious insight, the nation is currently celebrating the thirty-second anniversary of the Islamic Revolution, despite the numerous plots of the United States in the form of the Tabas military attack, the Nojeh coup d’etat attempt, the political, economic, military, and informational support of Saddam Hussein during the 1980-1988 imposed war, the long and broad economic sanctions, and the comprehensive political pressure, and compared to other regional countries, the nation is experiencing significant success in various scientific, educational, economic, and developmental fields.
In fact, events in the Middle East are a series of massive developments which are rooted in its past and future. Although due to extensive joint efforts by these governments and their Western overlords, the aftershocks of the Islamic Revolution emerged after a great delay, undoubtedly the new changes are irreversible, and certainly the Middle East will experience a different kind of life in the future. These irreversible changes complicate the Middle East policies of the United States and some other Western governments, and in addition, due to the political, cultural, economic, and even military impact of any development in this region on the entire world, the United States and its allies should prepare themselves for difficult years that will surely see the fall of their empire in the near future.
A. Mohammadi was formerly the charge d’affaires of the Iranian Embassy in Khartoum.