Senior Military Aide to the Supreme Leader of Islamic Revolution Major General Yahya Rahim Safavi stressed that the recent developments in the region herald the second wave of Islamic Awakening and a sharp decrease in the US hegemony over the region.
Rahim Safavi underlined on Wednesday that the Islamic Awakening movement shows that the region is entering a new era, making a politico-historical transition, and added, “The US and its allies are opposed to these developments, but the people of the region and the second wave of the Islamic Awakening will bring about this change.”
He said that these changes will decrease the US influence in the region and will strongly continue within the monarchies and dictatorial political systems in the next decades.
Since the start of 2011, the region has witnessed a growing wave of popular protests resulted from the people’s growing awareness and vigilance.
Tunisia saw the overthrow of Zine El Abidine Ben Ali in a popular revolution in January, which was soon followed by a revolution which toppled Hosni Mubarak in Egypt in February.
Libya was the third country touched by the Islamic Awakening. Libyans also embraced victory after months of bloody campaign against the country’s dictator, Muammar al-Qaddafi.
Bahrain, Jordan, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and Yemen have since been the scene of protests against their totalitarian rulers, who have resorted to brutal crackdown on demonstrations to silence their critics.
In Yemen, although the people have toppled the dictator and elected a president, the revolution still continues as allies and family members of the former dictator, Ali Abdullah Saleh, still hold key posts in the country and have not been brought to justice.