Analysis & Opinions

The battle of 'resistance' vs 'revolution' in the Middle East

| Jan. 15, 2020

The clash between the 'resistance' and 'revolutionary' movements will define the Middle East in the future.

The events surrounding the US assassination of Iranian Quds Force leader Major General Qassem Soleimani brought to the surface the two main ideological forces that now battle each other across the Middle East - the anti-imperial "resistance" of Iran and its Arab allies, and the freedom "revolution" of domestic protesters in the same lands. 

The first was reflected in the massive funeral processions in Arab and Iranian cities for Soleimani and his colleagues that were far bigger than the usual state-organised propaganda protests. Such outpourings of grief and anger in Iran, Iraq, Lebanon and pockets elsewhere signify the central political dynamic - "resistance" in their view - which drives Iran and its allies, and shapes many regional developments. 

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The battle of 'resistance' vs 'revolution' in the Middle East
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For Academic Citation: Khouri, Rami.“The battle of 'resistance' vs 'revolution' in the Middle East.” , January 15, 2020.