Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei today warned the Arab revolutionaries not to rely on Western secular systems to manage their countries after gaining victory. He pleaded with them to choose Islam as the political solution to their countries’ needs.
“Never ever trust the United States, NATO or criminal regimes such as Britain, France and Italy, which have once mugged your countries,” Ayatollah said. “What is hidden behind their smiles and promises now is only conspiracy and betrayal,” he added.
“The solution is sticking to the generous teachings of Islam rather than allowing the enemies to dictate the principles of your new political system,” the ayatollah said.
The Iranian leadership is worried that Egypt, Libya and Tunisia would move toward the West rather than an “Islamic system” in the mold of the Iranian experience in their post-revolution era. Even a preference of Turkey’s more secular Islamic system would not be acceptable to Tehran, preferring instead the supreme leadership for life of an Islamic cleric over the affairs of the state.