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Prof. John Keane on Egypt’s revolution

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There is no Khomeini and more than that I would say that there’s been a learning process in the region; that revolutions can devour their own children. There is an awareness that the main strategy is to set up checks and balances to prevent that kind of take over and I think that so far the statements of the Muslim Brotherhood and al-Nahda in Tunisia are confirmation of that point. I don’t think there is any evidence that we’re seeing, and are likely to see, a repeat of the ’79 revolution in Iran, although of course that is what is being said in Ahmadinejad’s Iran and that is what is being said in Israel and some voices in the America administration fear exactly that. It’s odd because the reality is otherwise. Read the text here