A Note of Warning and Encouragement for Egyptians
02-Feb-2011 (2 comments)

After days of unrest, after declaring martial law in some of the country’s main cities, the authoritarian leader gave a much anticipated television speech. His tone was repentant. He promised change and reform. The people wanted democracy and he promised to bend to their wishes.  

For a long time, the United States had been advising him to open his political system—but had been seen publicly as his chief supporter. The U.S. president had given lofty and elegant speeches defending democracy and human rights, assuring the people of the Middle East that the United States supported their democratic demands. But both the leader and his American supporters were caught off-guard by the size of the demonstrations. American officials began trying to walk a dangerous tight-rope: offering support for the beleaguered leader but also establishing ties and credibility with the opposition. 

Darius Kadivar

Abbas Milani's Warning

by Darius Kadivar on

From an Iranian writer who lived through the 1979 Revolution. Author of a New Biography on the Shah



Who is Milani to give orders to Egypt?


Who is Milani to give orders to Egypt? Was he asked?

Why doesn't Mr. Milani admit that he was one of those Islamic Communist Radicals who followed Mr. Khomeini and helped overthrow the secular democratic Pahalvi Monarchy to establish a barbaric Islamic tyranny to destroy Iran? Why doesn't this man confess his sins? He is biased and has little credibility. Perhaps he has ties to some radical muslims in Egypt? How does MR. Milani explain why he is in America leading a luxurious life while Iranian men and women are being raped, murdered, and hanged by this islamic regime which he and his buddies installed for us! Inshallah he will join his Islamic luminaries in hell.