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Khomeini grandson attacks 'religious dictators'
The Telegraph (U.K.) ^ | 08/05/03 | Anton La Guardia

Posted on 08/04/2003 5:14:05 PM PDT by Pokey78

A grandson of Ayatollah Khomeini, the late leader of Iran's Islamic revolution, has denounced the country's religious regime as "the worst dictatorship in the world", reminiscent of the "church during the Dark Ages in Europe".

In extraordinary remarks that will outrage hardliners among Teheran's ruling mullahs, Hossein Khomeini almost seemed to invite America to overthrow the clerical regime, as it did to Saddam Hussein in Iraq.

 
Hossein Khomeini: feared by hardliners in Iran

The fact that Mr Khomeini's comments were made during a visit to Iraq will stoke hardliners' fears that, under US sponsorship, Iraq's Shi'ite holy cities of Najaf and Karbala will become rival centres of religious authority and political activity. Ayatollah Khomeini lived in Najaf, from where he sought to undermine the Shah of Iran.

Mr Khomeini was quoted by the London-based al-Sharq al-Awsat newspaper as urging "separating religion from the state and ending the despotic religious regime reminiscent of the rule of the church during the Dark Ages in Europe".

He added: "All those who came to power after [the death in 1989 of] my grandfather exploited his name and that of Islam to continue their unfair rule."

Mr Khomeini is known as a maverick, but as a descendant of the revered imam of the revolution, his comments will not be easily dismissed.

After the fall of the Shah in 1979, he sided with Abdul-Hassan Bani-Sadr, the moderate first president of the revolutionary government, against hardliners who eventually ousted him. More recently, he has praised the student-led protests calling for political reform.

In comments reported by the Star-Ledger newspaper in New Jersey, Mr Khomeini praised the overthrow of Saddam Hussein. "I see day by day that [Iraq] is on the path to improvement. I see that there's security, that the people are happy, that they've been released from suffering," he said.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: clerics; iran; iraq; reformers; southasia; southasialist

1 posted on 08/04/2003 5:14:05 PM PDT by Pokey78
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To: Pokey78
Hush. I thought I heard a voice of sanity?
2 posted on 08/04/2003 5:23:04 PM PDT by Savage Beast (Vote Democrat! Vote for national--and personal--suicide! It's like being a suicide bomber!)
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To: Savage Beast
I just fell out of my chair.
3 posted on 08/04/2003 5:35:17 PM PDT by tsmith130
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To: Pokey78
Am I reading this right?
4 posted on 08/04/2003 5:41:37 PM PDT by Arpege92
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To: Pokey78
The fact that Mr Khomeini's comments were made during a visit to Iraq will stoke hardliners' fears that, under US sponsorship, Iraq's Shi'ite holy cities of Najaf and Karbala will become rival centres of religious authority and political activity. Ayatollah Khomeini lived in Najaf, from where he sought to undermine the Shah of Iran.

How many damn "Holy Cities" do we have to contend with. It seems as if every time we turn around, another city is their holy city. Enuff of this crap......

5 posted on 08/04/2003 5:43:48 PM PDT by ThreePuttinDude (...""Infinite Justice"" was the correct name to call this action.....)
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To: DoctorZIn
Ping.
6 posted on 08/04/2003 5:50:10 PM PDT by Pokey78
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To: Pokey78
Wow. VERY cool.

And last night on 20/20 (I think) I saw a segment on the current amir of Qatar, who actually seems like a really good man, quite benevolent, they are working toward democratic aspects of govt such as parliament and elections, also really advancing the moderation of the state as a whole. He is very beloved and seems to love his people in return. Although the country is 95% Muslim, Wahhabists are a minority. Checking out CIA factbook and other online sources seem to confirm that Qatar is quite the progressive Arab state. No wonder we are based there, I imagine we will be for some time to come. From what I have read and heard, I would probably feel reasonably comfortable visiting there, as an American Christian. Can't really say that about any other Muslim nation.
7 posted on 08/04/2003 5:58:04 PM PDT by agrace
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To: agrace
HMMMMM. The BBC, NY Times and the democRATS are not going to like this report. It goes against all that they have been saying. Hehehehe. Parley
8 posted on 08/04/2003 6:17:33 PM PDT by Parley Baer
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To: Pokey78
In comments reported by the Star-Ledger newspaper in New Jersey, Mr Khomeini praised the overthrow of Saddam Hussein. "I see day by day that [Iraq] is on the path to improvement. I see that there's security, that the people are happy, that they've been released from suffering," he said.

Paging Howard the Dork and his toady Chris Fatuous, paging....

9 posted on 08/04/2003 6:19:35 PM PDT by jwalsh07
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To: Pokey78
Doesn't this guy look a little too old to be Ayatollah Khomeini's grandson?
10 posted on 08/04/2003 6:36:10 PM PDT by rickmichaels
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To: ThreePuttinDude
It's serious stuff if you're a Shi'ite. There are more Shi'ite religious centers (including the tomb of Ali, the founder of Shi'ism) in Iraq than there are in Iran, Qom being the big one there. The big reason Iran became so prominent in that sect when it converted to Islam was Persian culture and societal structure, not Arab. The nightmare for the mullahs currently in control is not only that the young people will prefer being Persian to being Muslim, but that the mullahs currently in political control may be relegated strictly to matters theological and that Iran may even turn from Islam altogether. It probably wouldn't be sudden, but a creeping secularism is what set this whole "Death To America" thing off in Islamic fundamentalists in the first place.
11 posted on 08/04/2003 6:48:58 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: rickmichaels
Mebbe so, mebbe no. The old git was 87 when he kicked the bucket in 1989, 13 years ago. Dang it, we missed his hundredth birthday. I wuz gonna bake a nitrocellulose cake for him with a hunnert candles on it, too.

I have a 45-year-old colleague who became a grandmother today. She loves the baby, but isn't taking the "granny" thing too well...

12 posted on 08/04/2003 6:52:57 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: rickmichaels
Khomeini would be 100 or so if he were still alive. So conceivably a grandson could be 60-70, especially considering they marry when they're, what, 12?
13 posted on 08/04/2003 6:56:43 PM PDT by LibWhacker
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To: Pokey78
im persian. so i find this very ironic. it's rather amusing really. to say that the grandson of the revolutionary leader is mocking the clregy is beyond imaginable. i dont think the hardliners can hold their act toghether any longer. you will see their colapse by the dawn of 2004. i assure you that ^^
14 posted on 08/04/2003 8:05:35 PM PDT by A War in the pocket
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To: A War in the pocket
Welcome to FreeRepublic. I hope you enjoy it here.
15 posted on 08/04/2003 10:11:16 PM PDT by Rollee
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To: ThreePuttinDude
How many damn "Holy Cities" do we have to contend with...

Any city with a major mosque. Think of cathedral cities in Europe as roughly equivalent. Some of the major mosques were built as cathedrals and later "converted".

Paris may be a "Holy City" one day.

16 posted on 08/04/2003 10:14:42 PM PDT by Salman
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To: rickmichaels
Doesn't this guy look a little too old to be Ayatollah Khomeini's grandson?

Yes, that's what I was thinking too. Maybe he's just been baking in the hot desert sun too long. :)

17 posted on 08/04/2003 10:22:54 PM PDT by NRA2BFree (IF WE DON*T STOP OUR GOVT AND THE UN , OUR GRAND CHILDREN AND BEYOND, WILL NEVER KNOW FREEDOM!!)
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To: Pokey78; A War in the pocket; Billthedrill
Here is a post with more info about Khomeini jr:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/957322/posts?page=16#16

18 posted on 08/05/2003 12:46:43 PM PDT by AdmSmith
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19 posted on 08/05/2003 12:57:21 PM PDT by Libertarianize the GOP (Ideas have consequences)
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