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IRAN: The Islamic revolution at 30 - fear, fascination and delusion = failure

 
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IRAN: The Islamic revolution at 30 - fear, fascination and delusion = failure
Fear, fascination, delusion: the legacies of Iranís revolution

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Last Updated: February 04. 2009 9:30AM UAE / February 4.2009 5:30AM GMT


Thirty years ago this week, a frail 77-year old cleric landed in Tehran, where he was welcomed by millions of enthusiastic Iranians. His revolutionary ideas about Islamís place in political life and role in the world would soon transform his country into a bastion of Islamic radicalism.

Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini sits today in the pantheon of revolutionary leaders of the 20th century, a man who inspired and guided from exile a revolution that brought down one of the Middle Eastís strongest autocrats and who then returned to install a brutal theocratic system, the survival, workings and ambitions of which still confound many.

Iranís revolution, like all others, is a tale of idealism mugged by the reality of power. And like all revolutions it has its share of glory, lies, myths, heroes, villains, and victims. Mohamed Reza Pahlavi, the Shah of Iran, a weak character torn between modernist and autocratic instincts, was its first victim: with him went any chance of a return to monarchy. The real victims, though, were the liberal, leftist and nationalist factions that allied with the religious fundamentalists against the Shah, only to be consumed by them. In the ruthless battle for legitimacy and power during the first years, the fundamentalists proved better at using the mob and manipulating events.

What made Iranís revolution so special was its blend of religion and populism. Popular uprisings elsewhere were all about reducing the power of the church. In reaction to decades of frenetic modernisation, Islam became the rallying cry of diverse factions in Iran, despite meaning different things to each. The most radical version of the mosque prevailed. Power was concentrated at the top through the velayet al-faqih, or rule of jurisprudence: the Supreme Guide has overriding authority over affairs of church and state, and oversees a system purposely fragmented to prevent the rise of powerful competitors.

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Re: IRAN: The Islamic revolution at 30 - fear, fascination and delusion = failure
Did anybody compare how many oponents had been murdered by shah regime and how many during the Khomejni revolution and afterwards?
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Re: IRAN: The Islamic revolution at 30 - fear, fascination and delusion = failure
Did anybody compare how many oponents had been murdered by shah regime and how many during the Khomejni revolution and afterwards?
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Considerable numbers in both cases I am sure!
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Re: IRAN: The Islamic revolution at 30 - fear, fascination and delusion = failure
Israeli terrorism at over 50 - fear, fascination and delusion = bigger failure

Over 50 years have passed since the zionist terror campaign started against the Palestinians. Thousands of women and children live in constant fear that they will be killed simply because they aren't jews. The fascination of how the zionist and Mossad have taken over the worlds largest super power through blackmail, extortion and death threats is a story that will never be told as they control the press, media and entertainment industry. The delusion that they are a "chosen people", that they and they alone are human and all others are animals below their status shows both the ignorant arrogance coupled with religious fanaticism that is the biggest threat to world peace at this present time.
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Re: IRAN: The Islamic revolution at 30 - fear, fascination and delusion = failure
Did anybody compare how many oponents had been murdered by shah regime and how many during the Khomejni revolution and afterwards?
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Orders of magnitude more were killed by those pious and godly men that Jimmy Carter helped come to power- A'jad himself was the executioer at Tehrans main prison - where after extensive torture, prisoners would be hnded over to him - 'thousand bullets' was his nick name - the relartives would then be sent a bill for the cost of the bullets!
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Re: IRAN: The Islamic revolution at 30 - fear, fascination and delusion = failure
Israeli terrorism at over 50 - fear, fascination and delusion = bigger failure

Over 50 years have passed since the zionist terror campaign started against the Palestinians. Thousands of women and children live in constant fear that they will be killed simply because they aren't jews. The fascination of how the zionist and Mossad have taken over the worlds largest super power through blackmail, extortion and death threats is a story that will never be told as they control the press, media and entertainment industry. The delusion that they are a "chosen people", that they and they alone are human and all others are animals below their status shows both the ignorant arrogance coupled with religious fanaticism that is the biggest threat to world peace at this present time.
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My condolences on your brain, which has obviously been turned to paste by the most childish and obvious propaganda in human history. Are you a product of the palestinian public school system, or the Iranian?





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