It is 1979 all over again. The parallel is uncanny. Congressman Lt. Col. Allen West(R-Fl) said at a rowdy town hall meeting,
“President Carter, President Obama, Iran, Egypt, the Shah, Mubarak, the Ayatollah, the Muslim Brotherhood. It is a scary parallel. We cannot allow the Muslim Brotherhood to fill the void of leadership that can occur in Egypt.”
The new Republican congressman was straight forward commenting on the political crisis in Egypt. Congressman West was drawing parallels between the chaos in Egypt and the 1979 revolution in Iran. Congressman Lt. Col. West said the U.S. must stop the Muslim Brotherhood from seizing power.
Not many people are aware what happened during the Iran Hostage Crisis in 1979. This is a very short summary. During that time, Democrat President Jimmy Carter abandoned the Shah of Iran, who was a friend to the United States. Once after the Shah of Iran was dethroned, the United States supported the new leader of Iran, who was a radical religious leader named Ayatolla Khomeini. As it turns out, students of this radical leader stormed the US Embassy in Iran and kept 52 American hostages for 444 days. It was believed that Iran wanted demands from the United States. This parallels closely to what we are seeing in Egypt today. The Muslims are trying to dethrone President Mubarak with the help of Obama. The radical Muslim Brotherhood is waiting to put their own radical leaders in power and make Egypt into a radical Islamic state. The prize is putting a radical state closer to Palestine to end the existence of Israel.
Like the old adage, "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it."