Skip to comments.(Rafsanjani) Khomeini 'sought to drop Death to America chant'
Posted on 08/19/2007 5:30:45 PM PDT by freedom44
One of Iran's most powerful politicians has provoked controversy by suggesting that the late Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, leader of the country's Islamic revolution, wanted to drop its signature chant, Death to America.
The claim is made by Hashemi Rafsanjani, a pragmatic conservative and former president, in the newly-published latest volume of his memoirs, entitled Towards Destiny. Mr Rafsanjani discloses that a decision was made during Iran's 1980-88 war with Iraq, when he was speaker of the Iranian parliament and one of Khomeini's closest confidants.
Recollecting a parliamentary session on July 4 1984, he writes: "Mr Imam-Mousavi [an MP] came and proposed dropping the slogan Death to America and Death to the Soviet Union. I said we have decided in principle. The Imam [Khomeini] has agreed but we are waiting for a chance."
The slogan, Marg Bar Amrika in Farsi, was adopted during the 1979-81 takeover of the US embassy in Tehran by revolutionary militants, which prompted Washington to sever diplomatic links with Iran.
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Death to Iran
It’s one thing to say it...it’s another to do it. Especially against an adversary that could flatten your country in an hour if it decided to do so. And that’s without using the big stuff...
Carter, in effect, co-wrote that chant.
BIG Bump! Damn right! Khomeini might have been the Iranian Assahollah, but we had our own sitting in 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue from January 20, 1977 until Janaury 20, 1981.
Hopefully Carter has a copper-plated headstone planned for his final resting place, because the amount of urine that is going to end up being sprayed on it will turn it all sorts of colors.
Yellow, especially fitting for the Buffoon from Plains.