Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei today said in Tehran that the current movements in the Middle Eastern countries have their origins partly in the Islamic revolution in Iran and the successes of the Iranian government. He also predicted, without going into any details, that further changes await the Middle East region.
“The auspicious movement which has begun in the region today is partly the results of the Iranian nation's resistance, and more developments will take place in the region in future.
"Almost all analysts in the world acknowledge that the current movement in the Middle East region and North Africa has stemmed from the Iranian nation's uprising," Khamenei said [IRNA, 3 April].
By the latter, it is assumed that Ayatollah Khamenei was referring to the 1979 Islamic revolution and not the more recent movement in 2009. But he did not address the question why it took 32 years for the Iranian uprising to usher in the Arab Spring. And if the supreme leader believes the current movement in Syria has also stemmed from the Islamic revolution.