Iranian Americans and opponents of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani hold protest outside of U.N. headquarters on the day Rouhani addresses the General Assembly of the United Nations in New York. By AMR ALFIKY / REUTERS. @Adobe Stock Images.

For Americans, the image of Iranians marching together on cold city streets and shouting slogans in Farsi drew immediate, hopeful comparisons to the 1979 revolution that overthrew Mohammad Reza Shah. Many are wondering whether today’s protests will also lead Iran into a revolution and, unlike 1979, toward a possibly friendlier government.

This article was first published in The Washington Post