“This Islamic awakening, popular revolution and the subsequent independence of the Islamic countries minimize the support of the Zionist Regime [of Israel] and maximizes the power of Islamic countries,” Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of Iran’s Armed Forces said on Thursday.
Firouzabadi said world superpowers depend upon the region’s oil resources and that the corrupt dictators against whom the Islamic uprisings have begun were in fact the West’s pawns.
“The US, the West and Israel are threatened by these uprisings,” IRNA quoted the Iranian commander as saying.
The US and Israel’s efforts to distract public opinion from Islamic uprisings to Iran’s nuclear program were because of their fear from the recent movements in the region, he added.
Several countries in the Middle East and North Africa are witnessing popular uprisings against their long-term rulers.
After popular revolutions in Tunisia and then Egypt that toppled the two countries’ decades-long rulers, massive anti-government protests followed in Bahrain, Yemen, Libya and another regional countries.
In Libya, Muammar Gaddafi’s brutal crackdown on anti-government protesters has claimed the lives of hundreds of people over the past 16 days, human rights groups say.
Similar anti-government demonstrations, fueled by rising poverty and unemployment, are also underway in Bahrain, Oman, and Yemen. Agencies