Cairo’s Protests Reverberate in Tehran
In Iran, both the regime and the opposition are working to co-opt Egypt’s popular uprising
By Reza Aslan
A wide range of observers, from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to Fox News’ Glenn Beck, are warning that the downfall of the U.S.-backed dictator in Egypt could lead to another Iranian style theocracy in the Middle East. Others, such as New York Times columnist Roger Cohen, are drawing parallels between the Egyptian protests and Iran’s Green Movement uprising of 2009. This debate is raging nowhere more fiercely than in Iran itself, where many Iranians — on both the right and the left — are clamoring to claim the Egyptian revolution for themselves.