People are wondering which country will be nextto fall. Yemen? Algeria? Believe it or not, some say Iran. It’s enough to make any conservative smirk and say, “In the Obama administration’s dreams!” But an uprising in Iran is actually a real possibility – for Valentine’s Day. According to The Blaze on Sunday, the Iranian government banned the celebrationofValentine’s Day and all items associated with it. In fact, if anyone is caught celebrating Valentine’s Day, “Authorities will take legal action against those who ignore the ban.”
Another news source noting the “Day of Rage” in Iran is Radio Free Europe Radio Liberty.Though the article noted that the demonstration’s focus of showing support for Tunisia and Egypton Tehran’s Azadi Square might not be approved by Iran’s government leaders, it also pointed out that Iran’s blatant support of Egypt’s overthrow in the state run media is complicating a denial to rally.
A Wall Street Journal article on Saturday detailed Iran’s Valentine’s Day ban: “The Iranian state has pronounced against unauthorized mingling of the sexes, rap music, rock music, Western music, women playing in bands, too-bright nail polish, laughter in hospital corridors, ancient Persian rites-of-spring celebrations (Nowrooz), and even the mention of foreign food recipes in state media. This last may sound comically implausible, but it was officially announced by a state-run website on Feb. 6. So now the true nature of pasta as an instrument of Western subversion has been revealed.”
Also on Saturday, there was a riot in Algeria according to Voice of America and some 2000 citizens were protesting in “the capital’s May 1st Square,” demanding that Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflikastep down. It was also noted that about 30,000 police broke up the protest, but it was seen by organizers as a success because, “the activists had overcome a fear of government repression for violating a decade-old ban on public protests in Algiers.”
As for Yemen, citizens there are on their 3rd day of protests according to the BBC on Sunday. About 2000 citizens in Yemen’s capital city Sanaaprotestedin the face of police. The protesters were “demanding political reform and the resignation of President Ali Abdullah Saleh.” These revolutionaries also took their inspiration from Tunisia and Egypt.
Though the White House seems to think that Iran will be the next to fall, according to The Hill on Friday, a Reuters article on Sunday reported thatLibyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, is calling for Palestinian refugees take advantage of all the instability in the Middle East and gather on Israel’s borders to protest.
In a speech broadcast by state-run media, he stated, “Fleets of boats should take Palestinians … and wait by the Palestinian shores until the problem is resolved. This is a time of popular revolutions. We need to create a problem for the world,” and “All Arab states which have relations with Israel are cowardly regimes.”
A Voice of America article on Monday detailed that Gaddafi had called on Palestinian refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Libya and Syria to head for “the Palestinian borders, olive branches in hand, in a sign of peace.” But whether one thinks of surrendering a piece of your country to another country as representative of peace or not may be a matter of perspective. If refugees respond to this in significant numbers and Israel does not give them what they want, then the next step will be some type of military confrontation. And if that were to occur, it has the potential to lead into Zechariah chapter 14, which is a Biblical prophetic account of all the nations gathering to battle against Jerusalem. That being said, it will be interesting to see just exactly how events in that region unfold over the coming days.