Responses to the Arab Spring by Foreign Governments
"Ayatollah Khamenei claimed that the revolution in Egypt is the continuation of the 1979 Revolution in Iran and called on the Egyptian clergy to play a role in it. He argued that the primary motivation for the recent revolutions was that the people of Tunisia and Egypt were humiliated by having leaders who acted as lackeys of the United States and Israel.The Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood swiftly responded to Khamenei's assertion, declaring, "Egypt's revolution is a people's revolution with no Islamic agenda." Khaled Hamza, editor-in-chief of the Brotherhood's official English website said, "The Egyptian protests are not an 'Islamic' uprising, but a mass protest against an unjust, autocratic regime that includes Egyptians from all walks of life and all religions and sects." He directly denounced Khamenei's claims that the protests are a sign of an "Islamic Awakening" inspired by the 1979 Revolution.
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" Instead of the downfall of the Asad regime leading to a democratic government as the West believes, Moscow fears that it could give rise to a radical Sunni regime that is not only anti-Western, but also anti-Russian. In Moscow’s view, American-led interventions in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Libya have left all three of these countries in a mess. Moscow fears that U.S. intervention in Syria will lead to the same result, and that Russian interests will be negatively affected long after what Moscow sees as an inevitable American withdrawal."
"The United States will be caught between its commitment to Israel and its desire to gain the goodwill of the new Arab leaders and advance democratization in the region. U.S. regional interests go well beyond the security of Israel, of course, embracing issues from counterterrorism to energy security."