Was Khomeini’s revolution ever really in favor of freedom and democracy? Does Hossein Khomeini really believe it was? In any case, it will be interesting to see how the Thug-In-Chief responds to this. From the Telegraph, with thanks to Sr. Soph:
The grandson of Ayatollah Khomeini, the inspiration of Iran’s 1979 Islamic Revolution, has broken a three-year silence to back the United States military to overthrow the country’s clerical regime.
Hossein Khomeini’s call is all the more startling as he made it from Qom, the spiritual home of Iran’s Shia strand of Islam, during an interview to mark the 17th anniversary of the ayatollah’s death.
“My grandfather’s revolution has devoured its children and has strayed from its course,” he told Al-Arabiya, an Arabic-language television station. “I lived through the revolution and it called for freedom and democracy – but it has persecuted its leaders.”
He also made clear his opposition to Teheran’s alleged development of a secret nuclear weapons programme. “Iran will gain real power if freedom and democracy develop there,” he said. “Strength will not be obtained through weapons and the bomb.”
Mr Khomeini, 47, is a Shia cleric, but he believes that the holy men who have run the country since 1979 – to whom he dismissively refers as “wearers of the turban” – abused their power following the overthrow of the Shah.
The Dubai-based satellite channel’s website spelt out his backing for armed intervention by America, a country excoriated as the Great Satan by his grandfather and Iran’s current rulers.
It stated: “As for his call to President Bush to come and occupy Iran, Hossein Khomeini explained that ‘freedom must come to Iran in any possible way, whether through internal or external developments.
If you were a prisoner, what would you do? I want someone to break the prison [doors open]’.”