Tunisia was first, and Egypt was second. Will Algeria and Iran be next? Iran is particularly important given its volatile relationship with Israel and The West. The stage is set with the 25 Bahman protests scheduled for two days from now all over Iran.
The 25 Bahman Facebook page is already “liked” by 40,000+ users. Iran has started their threats and propaganda machine to try to squash the protests before they start. It has been reported that they have been arresting the activists and also have censored the search term “25 Bahman”. The last protests there about a year ago turned very ugly and were squashed handily by the government. I certainly have no original insight to be able to predict anything, but reports make me think that this could be as big and as bad as Tianemen Square.
I remember when one regime after another was toppled behind the Iron Curtain in the late 80′s and early 90′s. The same seems to be happening in the Middle East. Many cite Reagan’s speech and famous quote: “Mr. Gorbachev, TEAR DOWN HIS WALL” as an important pre-cursor to the protests. Could historians some day say the same about Obama’s speech in Egypt in 2009 when he tried to diffuse US tensions with the Muslim world?