February 23 - Security forces in the Islamic Republic of Iran have quashed rioters and other trouble-makers seeking to replicate the unrest that's sporadically erupted throughout the Middle-East.
Western media outlets and elected officials wasted no time in criticizing the Islamic Revolutionary government, and President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in particular, for its efforts to defend law and order, voicing support for opposition groups attempting to stage rallies earlier in the month.
Responding to his Western critics, President Ahmadinejad insisted that mass unrest would spread to Europe and North America as well, as part of a system of "changes that will be forthcoming," and will "engulf the whole world from Asia to Africa, and from Europe to North America," the President said in a press-conference on Wednesday.
President Ahmadinejad added that the unjust system of globalized capitalism and neo-liberalism has reached its apex, and from its ashes a new, more just and humane, system will emerge.
"The world is in need of a just system of rule that puts an end to oppression, occupation and humiliation of people."
"It's a wave that's coming."
Meanwhile, growing concern over Western involvement in anti-government protests throughout the world has led to increased anxiety and worries that the United States and its NATO allies will seize the opportunity to further tip the scales of geopolitical balance in favor of global capitalist interests.
Earlier this week, former President of Cuba and First Secretary of the Cuban Communist Party, Fidel Castro, was quoted by Cuba's official news organ as claiming that NATO would use the protests in Libya as a pretext for a full-scale invasion, with an eye towards the North African country's vast oil reserves.
Similarly, Washington and its allies, particularly in Tel Aviv, have taken great stock in the recent unrest shaking the Middle East and Arab nations. Undoubtedly, the destabilizing factor of massive anti-government riots and rebellions plays into the hands of the imperialist and Zionist clique, helping to broaden and solidify their interests at the expense of entire nation states.
Sources: Press TV, Islamic Republic News Agency, BBC