Similaries between Khomeini and Bush
September 1, 2004
Although at first glance it may not seem relevant
to draw parallels between two foes, a closer look reveals the possibility
of such an attempt. This presumption is readily applicable to the
late Ayatollah Khomeini and G.W. Bush.
As we all know, Ayatollah
Khomeini was a staunch enemy of all things American, and although
he did not know G.W. Bush personally, one could easily imagine
the disdain Khomeini would have for the most prominent representative
of America. Now get ready to connect the lines between these two
First, Ayatollah Khomeini’s most infamous slogan was "Saddam
must go.” Isn’t G.W. Bush as much - if not more
so - obsessed with toppling Saddam as was Khomeini? With only one
exception, the latter was a lot luckier than his counterpart in
witnessing the dismantling of Saddam and the collapse of his regime;
a satisfaction Khomeini never achieved.
Second, G.W. Bush, before starting the Iraq war, often mentioned
that the US would go to war with or without United Nations approval.
And he did it without UN agreement which is an obvious indication
of Bush’s disrespect for that international organizations.
Khomeini frequently indicated that Moslem countries do
not need the United Nations. They have their own Islamic rules
and regulations and need only to abide by those rules.
Third, Khomeini was well known for his simplicity, so
is Bush; the kind of simplicity that weighs more towards imbecility.
Fourth and intimately related to the third parallel, Khomeini’s
speeches and talks were and still are subject to ridicule for their
bad grammar. Something for which Bush
is also famous. Bush can not even pronounce the word "nuclear" correctly.
There are ample examples of his inarticulateness and stupidity
all over the newspapers - in hard copies or electronically.
Fifth, Khomeini used religion to establish his political
agenda; a quintessential example of religion used for political
gain. G.W. Bush, as Ronald Reagan's son indirectly mentioned,
is wearing his religion on his sleeve for political
And last but not least, they both are inconceivably popular, not
only among the masses but also among the so-called intellectuals
of their own nations.
Having said all of that, my only fear is that Khomeini
is rolling over in his grave by being compared to G.W. Bush!