Juan Cole: Why Egypt 2011 is not Iran 1979

February 14th, 2011

Here’s Juan Cole on why Egypt 2011 is not Iran 1979. As always, consider the source and keep a healthy skepticism, but this is a guy who knows a lot about the Middle East.

Let’s hope he’s right.

Also see below on possible outcomes in Egypt.

He later clarified in his actual post that what he meant by “pull a  Khamenei” was that the usual suspects: the military, the pro-Mubarak people, etc. would prevent real change and real democratization. He also noted that this possibility seemed diminished after the events of Friday.

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