As Tunisian President-for-Life Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali fled into ignominious exile two weeks ago, democrats around the world found hope in the notion that Tunisia’s Jasmine Revolution would spread to Iran.
The images of demonstrations from Sidi Bouzid to Tunis reminded Americans of the massive 2009 protests that gave rise to Iran’s opposition Green Movement, and as pro-democracy movements inspired by Tunisia emerged in Egypt and Yemen, many observers saw a chance for Iran to be next. But looking closer, it’s clear that Iranians — from President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei on down to the Green Movement opposition — view the Tunisia situation as vastly different from their own, and not one that’s likely to spill over into a renewed push for democratic reform in their own country.
Despite the examples of Ben Ali and Egypt’s beleaguered President Hosni Mubarak, Iran’s leaders are far from running scared. In fact, Tehran is taking a distinctly more triumphalist understanding of the roots and effects of the Tunisian protests than American commentators would expect from another authoritarian Middle Eastern government — particularly from one facing its own challenges from opposition forces.
Where Washington sees an anti-authoritarian uprising, Tehran describes a 1979-style rejection of a U.S.-supported secularist: Ahmadinejad referred to the Tunisian uprising as an expression of the people’s will for an Islamic order, and the Iranian Majlis voted overwhelmingly to support the “revolution.”
Explained one Iranian official;
“When the Muslim nations of the region see clearly that not just one arrogant power but all arrogant powers with all their powers and capabilities have been bitterly defeated against the Islamic faith and national perseverance of the Muslim people of Iran, do you not think that they would rise up for the liberation of themselves and their homeland from under the dominance of dictators and foreign colonialism?”
Source; Foreign Policy Magazine
Having brutally crushed their own pro-democracy movement in a blood drenched reign of police terror over the last 18 months, the Iranian leadership can afford to be smug about the violent protests rocking the capitals of many of its Sunni Arab enemies. In fact, I’d be very surprised if Iranian agents haven’t played a direct role in the disturbances.
But they are smug for more than just that.
This Iranian official has hit on the precise reason why the leaders of Iran are not worried about these protests, because they know that the people who will emerge as the leaders of these countries after all the chaos settles down will not be Western style democrats, but fundamentalist Moslems of a type likely to be interested in many of the same things the Iranian leadership is interested in, starting with the destruction of Israel.
Ezekiel 38: 2-5 says;
Son of man, set thy face against Gog, the land of Magog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal, and prophesy against him, And say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against thee, O Gog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal: And I will turn thee back, and put hooks into thy jaws, and I will bring thee forth, and all thine army, horses and horsemen, all of them clothed with all sorts of armour, even a great company with bucklers and shields, all of them handling swords: Persia, Ethiopia, and Libya with them; all of them with shield and helmet
The word “Islam” does not appear in this prophecy but as we look at the Middle East today we can clearly see that it is the only thing which unifies all the countries mentioned in this prophecy, who will come against Israel in a massive invasion force from which Israel will have no defense against except to cry out in fear and terror for their God to deliver them.
When they do, He will send His Son, the Lion of Judah, to deliver them.
For I will be like a lion to Ephraim, And like a young lion to the house of Judah I, even I, will tear to pieces and go away, I will carry away, and there will be none to deliver. I will go away and return to My place Until they acknowledge their guilt and seek My face; In their affliction they will earnestly seek Me.
Written by NTM Staff