The ayatollas are terrified of the revolution in Egypt. They know any Iranian who views what's going on there asks "Where did we fail?". To counter this the religious regime attempts to picture the Egyptian revolution as a religious uprising, so the Iranian people would see it as the religious revolution they had instead of the popular 2009 protests.
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from the article: Ahmadinejad: Egypt unrest hails a Mideast without U.S., Israel