Iran continues to claim that the “Arab Spring” of democratic awakening in the Middle East actually heralds the establishment of states ruled entirely by Islamic law. Ali Akbar Velayati must be some kind of Islamophobe. “Leader’s Aide Underlines Islamic Identity of Regional Uprisings,” from the Fars News Agency, June 1:
TEHRAN (FNA)- A top aide to Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei said a close look at the demands and slogans chanted by protests in various regional countries proves that the recent uprisings in the region are Islamic in nature.
Supreme Leader’s Advisor for International Affairs Ali Akbar Velayati reiterated the Islamic identity and nature of the recent uprisings in the Middle East and North Africa, and said, “We need to pay attention to the protesters’ slogans.
“The slogans that Gamal Abdel Nasser chanted during his rule and his allies in Syria, Libya, Sudan, Iraq and elsewhere were all Arabic slogans. However, now we are witnessing Islamic rather than Arabic ideals growing.”
Velayati stressed that the regional uprisings have been inspired by the 1979 Islamic Revolution of Iran despite efforts by the West to prove the opposite.
Velayati underscored that Iran has been the “flag-bearer” of Islamic awakening.
“Americans have been trying to impose political and economic sanctions on Iran, but all of a sudden, their closest Arab ally (Egypt) announces it wants to establish relations with Iran, and after that allows Iranian warships to cross the Suez Canal,” he said.
“These are not good signs for Americans. The White House had invested in Hosni Mubarak’s regime for more than thirty years” but to no avail, he added.
An Egyptian university professor underlined on Tuesday that a key speech delivered by Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei in February highly influenced the Egyptian people and accelerated the collapse of Hosni Mubarak’s regime.
“Some claim that Iran didn’t play a role in the Egyptian revolution, but I say it did. The Supreme Leader called on all Egyptian people to rise and asked them to shout out loud and give up fear,” Sheikh Alavi Amin Al-Seyed, an Al Azhar University Professor said, addressing a conference on Islamic awakening here in Tehran on Tuesday.
“That (Friday Prayers) sermon had a deep effect on the victory of the Egyptian revolution and accelerated the collapse of Mubarak’s tyrannical regime,” Al-Seyed added.
On February 4, 2011, Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei blasted Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak’s treasons to his people, and described the uprising in the Middle-Eastern country as people’s reaction to Mubarak’s betrayals.
“What we are witnessing in Egypt today is a proper response to a big treason that the country’s treacherous dictator did against the Egyptian people,” Ayatollah Khamenei said, addressing a large and fervent congregation of Iranian people on Tehran University campus.
The Leader made a reference to Egyptians’ fight for “dignity and honor” and noted that Mubarak’s biggest crime was to make Egypt a tool in the hands of the US….