Katie Pavlich

At the beginning of what is now know as the "Arab Spring" in December 2010, the world watched as people in the Middle East protested against their governments. At first, the Arab Spring looked like a movement to bring down and renew long standing brutal dictatorships, but as we've seen in Egypt, the Arab Spring has only resulted in less stability in the Middle East, less stability for Israel and more power for the Muslim Brotherhood.

Now, Iran is calling the Occupy Wall Street protests America's Arab Spring:

An Iranian military leader says the protests spreading from New York's Wall Street to other U.S. cities are the beginning of an "American Spring," likening them to the uprisings that toppled Arab autocrats in the Middle East.

Gen. Masoud Jazayeri of Iran's Revolutionary Guard says the protests against corporate greed and the gap between rich and poor are a revolution in the making that will topple what he called the Western capitalist system.

The Occupy Wall Street movement started in New York City last month and is spreading to other parts of the country. The loosely affiliated movement is peacefully protesting the power of the financial and political sectors.

But who is the Iranian military leader holding accountable for the protests?

The official IRNA news agency quoted Jazayeri as saying Obama's failure to resolve the Wall Street crisis "will turn this economic movement into a political and social movement protesting the very structure of the U.S. government."

I think we're giving Occupy Wall Street too much credit.


Katie Pavlich

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