You are correct, Rob, I was inviting discussion, a sharing of views, not necessarily a debate, which is the word you were using before, which to me seems a bit more adversarial in nature.
I am entrenched in my views because they are based on my worldview, my life experiences, history, and my estimation of what I see and hear around me, from the right and the left, from which I form opinions and ultimately convictions, just as I am sure that you and everyone else does. I have been persuaded a time or two to change an opinion, and even a conviction, given new compelling information or evidence. But it's never happened as a result of being insulted. That only shuts down communication.
It took Iran only 30 days to fall to the Islamists after the fall of the Shah. I don't know how long it will take Egypt.
I'm not confused, and their really isn't any inconsistency, actually, between the way Egypt and Iran were handled. The agenda of the powers-that-be operating behind the scenes provides the explanation.
Uncas, I believe that the power players behind the scenes (Soros, ElBaradei and all the other NWO types) and the minority radical groups (MB, SWP, PSC, IMG, et al) are the red/green alliance, and are capitalizing on the genuine grievances of the oppressed Egyptians. The majority of the protestors are not the bad guys. The people behind the scenes instigating and providing funding for destabilization and anarchy are the bad guys.
It's a tried and true communist tactic, or as Van Jones, a self-avowed communist, put it, 'bottom up/top down' = foment the anger of the people, legitimate or otherwise, to the point of anarchy, to overthrow a government and then have those who have positioned themselves at the top (the power brokers themselves or their puppets) provide the 'solution'.
The 'youth', whom these people are skilled at exploiting, and praising, are long on passion but short on wisdom and are therefore putty in the hands of the power brokers and the radical minority. They are able to make them think that 'revolution' was their idea, which stokes the egos of the young and impressionable.
And is everyone now so lacking in originality and creativity that all they can think to use is the tired old 'days of rage' slogan from Bill Ayers in the '60's?
I think the primary goal of the power brokers and some of the radicals is the destruction of Israel. An Islamist Egypt would further that goal.
I believe that the demonstrations in Iran are not being instigated or funded by these power brokers/radicals, but that it is a genuine fight for freedom by the oppressed Iranians sick of oppression under Sharia Law for the past 30 years. The power brokers and radicals are quite happy with an Islamist Iran because it suits their agenda, simply because they are the biggest Islamists on the block and a threat to Israel.
I believe this to the core of my being, but hope that I am wrong and I am open to being persuaded, through any new information or evidence to the contrary.