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Iran ayatollah drops dead during election speech
Iran Focus ^ | Feb 17, 2008 | Staff

Posted on 02/17/2008 1:58:56 PM PST by forkinsocket

TEHRAN, Feb 17, 2008 (AFP) — An Iranian ayatollah died suddenly of a heart attack during an impassioned speech lashing out at insults against the family of revolutionary founder Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini in the run-up to elections, the press reported on Sunday.

Ayatollah Mohammad Reza Tavassoli, a former head of Khomeini's office, died while delivering the speech to Iran's main arbitration body, the Expediency Council, of which he was a member, the Kargozaran daily reported.

He had been responding to unprecedented ultra-conservative attacks against Hassan Khomeini, Ayatollah Khomeini's respected grandson, who had criticised mass disqualifications in the March election and military interference.

"He was attacking those people with fossilized minds who attack the family and the ideas of the Imam Khomeini when he had a cardiac arrest," Mohammad Hashemi, brother of council head Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, told the paper.

He also quoted a letter from Khomeini from the early days of the revolution denouncing "reactionaries who attack the family and friends of the Imam Khomeini under the pretext of defending him."

"Defending the Imam until the very last moment," lauded the headline of Kargozaran next to a picture of Tavassoli, 77.

The manner of Tavassoli's sudden death underlines the tensions ahead of the March 14 parliamentary election.

Hundreds of reformist candidates have been disqualified in initial vetting while the head of the Revolutionary Guards made a surprise announcement that the elite force favours conservatives in the race.

Hassan Khomeini, who rarely makes comments in public, had bitterly criticised both of these events prompting extraordinary attacks against him by ultra-conservative websites.

In a piece entitled: "The secrets about the rosy cheeks of Seyyed Hassan Khomeini", the Nosazi (Restoration) website made allegations about him owning a BMW car, having a personal steam sauna and living in affluent north Tehran.

This in turn prompted another backlash in the press against the radical websites denouncing Khomeini's family, a taboo in the Islamic republic.

The judiciary subsequently shut down five unnamed internet sites for disturbing public opinion, one of which was believed to be Nosazi which is now impossible to access.


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs
KEYWORDS: ayatollah; dead; exactlyasplanned; iran; islam; jihadi; khomeini; kira; nazar; shah; tavassoli
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1 posted on 02/17/2008 1:58:56 PM PST by forkinsocket
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To: forkinsocket

To good to be true.


2 posted on 02/17/2008 2:00:11 PM PST by bronxboy
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To: forkinsocket
“and let God strike me dead if I am lying...”
3 posted on 02/17/2008 2:00:39 PM PST by 2banana (My common ground with terrorists - they want to die for islam and we want to kill them)
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To: forkinsocket

Thanks God!


4 posted on 02/17/2008 2:01:23 PM PST by MNJohnnie (http://www.iraqvetsforcongress.com ---- Get involved, make a difference.)
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To: bronxboy
Was he endorsing Hillary, or Obama?
5 posted on 02/17/2008 2:01:34 PM PST by Ukiapah Heep (Shoes for Industry!)
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To: forkinsocket

Is this true or is it not true...


6 posted on 02/17/2008 2:01:36 PM PST by yield 2 the right
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To: forkinsocket

Proving, once again, that Allah can be one fickle cat!!


7 posted on 02/17/2008 2:01:44 PM PST by Chi-townChief
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To: forkinsocket

What a lovely headline.

Now I will go back and read the article.


8 posted on 02/17/2008 2:02:21 PM PST by Bahbah
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To: forkinsocket
More likely it was lead poisoning....he should have known better then to speak out against the father of the revolution....
9 posted on 02/17/2008 2:03:08 PM PST by rightwingextremist1776
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To: forkinsocket

I’ll send the family a nice roast pig to serve at the wake. Maybe some of those “pig in a blanket”, too.


10 posted on 02/17/2008 2:03:10 PM PST by Emmett McCarthy
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To: forkinsocket

“Thanks be to Allah and his prophet”.


11 posted on 02/17/2008 2:03:11 PM PST by crusty old prospector
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To: forkinsocket

Check for polonium.


12 posted on 02/17/2008 2:03:31 PM PST by LurkedLongEnough (Music washes away the dust of every day life. ---Art Blakey)
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To: forkinsocket

I’m always finding good news on the internet.Another dead Islamobum that we don’t have to shoot.


13 posted on 02/17/2008 2:04:05 PM PST by Farmer Dean (168 grains of instant conflict resolution)
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To: forkinsocket

Let’s have a repeat with Ahmadinejad!


14 posted on 02/17/2008 2:04:05 PM PST by Lijahsbubbe
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To: forkinsocket

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1971957/posts
Did this one support the Iranian nuclear program?


15 posted on 02/17/2008 2:04:29 PM PST by RightWhale (Clam down! avoid ataque de nervosa)
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To: forkinsocket
Trying...

Trying...

Nope, can't seem to work up a tear for this guy.

16 posted on 02/17/2008 2:04:43 PM PST by Abathar (Proudly posting without reading the article carefully since 2004)
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To: yield 2 the right; bronxboy
It's not the ayatollah, it's an ayatollah.
17 posted on 02/17/2008 2:04:55 PM PST by forkinsocket
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To: forkinsocket

Khomeini reached out from the grave and struck him dead!!


18 posted on 02/17/2008 2:05:35 PM PST by davisfh (Islam is a mental illness)
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To: forkinsocket

I was wondering if there was a “or may God strike me dead” in the speech?

Regardless this is going to have a bunch of the really narrow minded Islamic morons wondering what God was trying to tell them.


19 posted on 02/17/2008 2:05:54 PM PST by ScratInTheHat (Don't like my immigration stance? I'm dyslexic. PC keeps sounding like BS to me!)
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To: forkinsocket

Sounds like a situation that could be exploited via a well planted rumor.


20 posted on 02/17/2008 2:06:01 PM PST by HereInTheHeartland ("We have to drain the swamp" George Bush, September 2001)
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To: forkinsocket

Do these barbarians know CPR? “Grab that AED, err I mean IED!”


21 posted on 02/17/2008 2:06:32 PM PST by reaganbooster
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To: forkinsocket

I was the lay reader at my church today. The Ayatollah was not righteous and guess what! God spoke!


22 posted on 02/17/2008 2:06:37 PM PST by Young Werther (Julius Caesar (Quae Cum Ita Sunt. Since these things are so.))
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To: forkinsocket

These guys are perfectly sane.
Cool calm and collected. - We have nothing to worry about.

http://www.glumbert.com/media/rave


23 posted on 02/17/2008 2:06:40 PM PST by bill1952 (I will vote for McCain if he resigns his Senate seat before this election.)
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To: forkinsocket

Was this one of those “God things”?


24 posted on 02/17/2008 2:07:25 PM PST by Delta 21 ( MKC USCG - ret)
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To: forkinsocket

25 posted on 02/17/2008 2:08:02 PM PST by fzx12345 (ACLU DELENDA EST)
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To: rightwingextremist1776

He attacked the critics of Khomeini.


26 posted on 02/17/2008 2:08:36 PM PST by SolidWood (All conservative effort into retaking Congress!)
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To: forkinsocket
An Iranian ayatollah died suddenly of a heart attack during an impassioned speech lashing out at insults against the family of revolutionary founder Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini in the run-up to elections, the press reported on Sunday.

I think he was speaking against someone else not Khomeini

27 posted on 02/17/2008 2:10:06 PM PST by ScratInTheHat (Don't like my immigration stance? I'm dyslexic. PC keeps sounding like BS to me!)
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To: Bahbah
Here.
28 posted on 02/17/2008 2:10:34 PM PST by Mad_Tom_Rackham ("The land of the Free...Because of the Brave")
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To: bill1952
Love the beat! Thats some funny Shiite!
29 posted on 02/17/2008 2:12:29 PM PST by Delta 21 ( MKC USCG - ret)
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To: Chi-townChief

Don’t make any disrespectful cartoons about this guy, maybe Allah was upset with him....


30 posted on 02/17/2008 2:13:41 PM PST by rovenstinez
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To: Ukiapah Heep

Allah be praised. Too bad he wasn’t revived and then shot.


31 posted on 02/17/2008 2:13:49 PM PST by baiamonte
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To: forkinsocket

Too bad. If BO had only been there, he could have given him his bottle of water.


32 posted on 02/17/2008 2:13:57 PM PST by egginanest ( "Never interrupt me when I'm trying to interrupt you." -Winston Churchill-)
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To: forkinsocket
It's a start...

-Joan

33 posted on 02/17/2008 2:14:15 PM PST by JoanVarga ("¿Por qué no te calles?")
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To: forkinsocket

Ayatollah McCainiaca? Seriously, with the way McCain looks, I wouldn’t be surprised to see a similar headline on him.


34 posted on 02/17/2008 2:15:15 PM PST by Ingtar (Haley Barbour 2012, Because he has experience in Disaster Recovery. - ejonesie22)
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To: bill1952

Heh heh. I should have read futher before positing the same clip! These people are as looney as can be.


35 posted on 02/17/2008 2:15:45 PM PST by Mad_Tom_Rackham ("The land of the Free...Because of the Brave")
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To: forkinsocket
Khamenei: God will punish Iranians who don't support nuclear program
36 posted on 02/17/2008 2:15:51 PM PST by blam (Secure the border and enforce the law)
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To: 2banana
“and let God strike me dead if I am lying...”

He must have gotten the "Two-Minute Warning."

37 posted on 02/17/2008 2:15:57 PM PST by dfwgator (11+7+15=3 Heismans)
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To: forkinsocket

hehe....first , an Earthquake in Lebanon, then this dead Ayatollah....


38 posted on 02/17/2008 2:16:41 PM PST by skinkinthegrass (just b/c your paranoid, doesn't mean "they" aren't out to get you...our hopes were dashed by CINOs :)
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To: forkinsocket
Bum, Bum, Bum

Another one bites the dust!

39 posted on 02/17/2008 2:17:51 PM PST by reg45
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To: Mad_Tom_Rackham

LOLOL.


40 posted on 02/17/2008 2:20:37 PM PST by Bahbah
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To: blam

You beat me to it. That was the thread I saw just below this one!


41 posted on 02/17/2008 2:28:21 PM PST by tpanther
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To: forkinsocket

Sounds like a message from God.


42 posted on 02/17/2008 2:41:47 PM PST by Brilliant
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To: forkinsocket

Another one bites the dust?


43 posted on 02/17/2008 2:46:41 PM PST by celtic gal
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To: forkinsocket

Being full of hate and anger is not good for your health. They should get a life. Start loving their children instead of putting bombs around their waist.


44 posted on 02/17/2008 2:46:51 PM PST by Leftism is Mentally Deranged
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To: bronxboy

Rove, you magnificent bastard!


45 posted on 02/17/2008 2:55:14 PM PST by july4thfreedomfoundation (Change.....that's what we will have left in our pockets if a Democrat gets elected president!)
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To: forkinsocket

Thanks! Lousy weather here in WI today, I needed something to cheer me up. I thought it was a parody at first.


46 posted on 02/17/2008 3:17:08 PM PST by militem (When the GOP loses conservatism, the GOP loses.)
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To: forkinsocket
Actually, he was attacking the hard conservatives when he died - in Iran “conservative” would probably be the Muslim extremists.
47 posted on 02/17/2008 3:27:00 PM PST by Fido969 ("The hardest thing in the world to understand is income tax." - Albert Einstein)
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To: forkinsocket

Went to collect his 72 camels.


48 posted on 02/17/2008 3:29:10 PM PST by chiefqc
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To: forkinsocket
An Iranian ayatollah died suddenly of a heart attack during an impassioned speech

It was allah's will.

Enjoy eternal damnation, Mr. Mullah.
49 posted on 02/17/2008 3:29:22 PM PST by reagan_fanatic (www.conservativesgetbonedagain.com)
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To: forkinsocket
Ayatollah Mohammad Reza Tavassoli, a former head of Khomeini's office, died while delivering the speech to Iran's main arbitration body, the Expediency Council, of which he was a member, the Kargozaran daily reported.

He had been responding to unprecedented ultra-conservative attacks against Hassan Khomeini, Ayatollah Khomeini's respected grandson, who had criticised mass disqualifications in the March election and military interference.


Contrary to most of the posts on this thread, this is not good news. The man who died was protesting against the disqualification of more moderate candidates for the next election. So his death will be taken as a sign that God wants the 7th century hardliners to remain in power.
50 posted on 02/17/2008 3:30:29 PM PST by goldfinch
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