Chris Hedges' Columns
Egypts New Pharaoh
By Chris Hedges
When Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini returned to Iran after 14 years in exile on
Feb. 1, 1979, he set out to destroy the secular opposition forces, including
the Communist Party of Iran, which had been instrumental in bringing down
the shah. Khomeinis declaration of an Islamic government, supported by
referendum, saw him rewrite the constitution, close opposition newspapers
and ban opposition groups including the National Democratic Front and the
Muslim Peoples Republican Party. Dissidents who had spent years inside
Irans notoriously brutal prison system under the shah were incarcerated
once again by the new regime. Some returned to their cells to be greeted by
their old jailers, who had offered their services to the new regime.
This is what is under way in Egypt. It is the story of most revolutions.