In recent years the troubled Middle East region has seen many an uprising aimed at finally getting democracy, and dictators were toppled one by one.
Most of the regions Arab countries, besides their religion and language, have another thing in common, in most of them there is no such thing as elections or respect for public opinion.
Most of their leaders, who happened to be strong allies of the West, or still are, spent most of their energy one securing their own interests as well as the interests of their allies, not on serving their people.
Four decades ago Iran was in the same state. Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, the Shah of Iran, got Iran labeled the regional gendarme or America’s safe haven. The nation had become a base for protecting Western interests.
Lead by Ayatollah Khomeini the Iranian people managed to end the monarchical rule. In its place rose a democratic system based on the teachings of Islam.
The moment the Islamic revolution triumphed, Imam Khomeini announced that the next move would be to import the revolution to other countries. Now, 35 years later, the people of the region have made a stand, to take back their nations from their dictators.
In this edition of the show in honor of the anniversary of Iran’s Islamic Revolution, we look at the reasons behind the recent uprisings in the region, and the similarities between them and the one that happened 35 years ago in Iran.