Around the Islamic world there has been a general welcome among the people to what their Egyptian brothers and sisters have accomplished. The welcome is tinged with some trepidation, however. Some Iraqis want to warn Egypt they may have opened a sectarian Pandora’s box.
“After 18 days of peaceful demonstrations, they have removed Hosni Mubarak. I congratulate them and at the same time advise them not to drift into divisions like Iraq’s Sunnis and Shi’ites.”
Lebanon’s patchwork politics also struggle to cope with sectarian agendas, and as a much nearer neighbour the events in Egypt have a far greater significance, even if the Lebanese have no autocrat to rebel against.
“This is a big achievement for the Egyptian people. Every oppressor and tyrant will face this destiny.”
“Of course, the return of Egypt into the fold of the Arab world is very important for Arab States and the people who want to retrieve Palestine.”
Some in Egypt accuse the Iranian authorities of hijacking Egypt’s popular uprising in the name of Islamic revolution, praising it in those terms only. Some ordinary Iranians see it as an inevitable and desirable coming together of Islamic societies.
“The region has to come together since the two peoples’ religions are the same, irrespective of whether they are Shiite or Sunni. Iran and Egypt have to come together and God willing the greater Islamic Middle East that has been promised must come into existence.”