Tehran supports the Arab spring … but not in Syria

Saeed Kamali Dehghan im Guardian:

By highlighting US hypocrisy in dealing with the unrest in Bahrain and Yemen and the American failure to publicly condemn the violence used by both governments in suppressing their own people, Iran has won some recognition within the region. Yet Syria clearly exposes Iran’s own hypocrisy.

Iran has portrayed the Syrian pro-democracy demonstrators – unlike others in the Arab world – as „agitators“ and „terrorists“ hired by Israel to create disturbance and insecurity. (…)

Iran’s reaction to the recent events in the Middle East more than anything exposes the hypocrisy of an opportunistic regime that respects the human rights neither of its own people nor of those in its neighbourhood.

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