Could Iran be on the verge of revolution?

Leon Panetta, the recently appointed U.S. Defense Secretary, and former CIA director, has predicted that revolution in Iran appears to be a matter of time.

“I think the reform movement in Iran is learning one hell of a lot from what’s happened in Tunisia and Egypt and Libya and Syria,” Panetta said. He also pointed to the unprecedented use of social media outlets such as Facebook and Twitter as playing a key role in the revolts that have taken place in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya as well as the fact that these movements are largely being led by Arab youth, who lacked hope for the future.

When discussing the mass protests in the wake of Iran‚Äôs disputed 2009 elections that saw the re-election of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Panetta responded: “I think we saw in evidence of that in the last election in Iran that there was a movement within Iran that raised those very same concerns that we’re seeing elsewhere, and I think in many ways, it’s a matter of time before that kind of change and reform and revolution occurs in Iran as

well.”

With the Iranian government cracking down on everything from the sale of water guns to freedom of speech, the world is indeed watching carefully for those very first signs of major revolution.

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