Tuesday 30 May 2017

West struggles to find right response to Mid-East unrest

Bahraini women wait outside a hospital in Manama, Bahrain, yesterday, where victims of the confrontation between anti-government protesters and riot police were being treated
Bahraini women wait outside a hospital in Manama, Bahrain, yesterday, where victims of the confrontation between anti-government protesters and riot police were being treated

Con Coughlin

All of a sudden, the leaders of the Middle East's rogue states appear to have lost their appetite for upholding the protests that have already accounted for the governments of Tunisia and Egypt.

In Iran, the government has ordered its supporters to stage nationwide demonstrations today to express their hatred for the opposition Green Movement, which earlier this week made a dramatic reappearance on the streets of Tehran to demand the overthrow of President Ahmadinejad's regime.

That was hardly the response the clerics were hoping for when they extolled the protests in Egypt, comparing events with their own Islamic revolution in 1979. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the Supreme Leader, claimed earlier this month that the overthrow of Hosni Mubarak was part of the same "Islamic awakening" as the events of 32 years ago in Iran.

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