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Understanding Khomeini

 

1.    Dominance of Shia Islam in Iran was Khomeini's number one priority.

 

2.    He hated Western (liberal) and Eastern (communist) influences.

 

3.    Detested the perceived power of the Baha’i and the Jews over Iranian politics.

 

4.    Decided that #1 could only be secured against #2 and #3 through an active political role by the Shia clergy (Faghih).

 

5.    Initially (1950’s) considered Shah a positive force against the communist threat.

 

6.    Later (1960’s) determined that Shah had turned and decided to undermine Shia Islam (like his father).

 

7.    Became Shah’s mortal enemy and cooperated with most other opposition groups in exile.

 

8.    Finally (1978) became the uniting father-figure for the Iranians uprising against the Shah.

 

9.    Turned into America’s mortal enemy, due to their perceived support of Shah’s bloody suppression of revolution.

 

10.   After victory (1979) came to hate the communists and other leftists, for challenging the Shia ideology - and finally decided to destroy them all.

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dohelzen

dohelzen منم آن مست دهلزن که شدم مست به میدان دهل خویش چو پرچم به سر نیزه ببستم

راجب این موضوع حرفی ندارم

ولی اگر درست یادم یاد شما گفته بودید که از ایل قشقای هستید
همانطور که میدانید قشقایها با ترکها ومغول وارد ایران شدن
انچه که قابل توجه هست اینه که

چرا این بچه یهودیها در این انجمن یهودیت خودشان را پنهان میکنن

dohelzen

dohelzen منم آن مست دهلزن که شدم مست به میدان دهل خویش چو پرچم به سر نیزه ببستم

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Roozbeh_Gilani

Roozbeh_Gilani "Personal business must yield to collective interest."

In the final analysis, he was a mere hatefull simpleton and a cold war lackey of the western powers who brought him to power and fully supported him throughout his reign. With the cold war over, The western powers are wrapping up his somehw troublesome legacy of "Islamist Republic", fast and furiously, like any master would dispose of his troublesome dog. So given the short ,, 30 something years rule of islamic regme in Iran, he and his legacy will remain no more than a tiny dimple in the anus of our nations ancient 3000year plus history, and as such not worth analysing/debating, let alone reading a book about him!

sayyad.shaer

Sayyad Sha'er visit: www.sayyadshaer.com

It's really a marvel as to how an octogenarian mullah without a real education and the ability to speak Farsi properly, without prior popular backing, who wrote about goats and earthquake incest and whos family came from India can become the "father figure" of a reactionary revolution. Even if foreign hands were involved, it tells a lot about the Iranian culture of resignation and the desperate need for a fatherly authoritarian figure that permeates Iranian society. It's similar to learning how the prevailing anti-Semitism and and tendency to violent nationalism promoted an effeminate corporal who wrote a seven-hundred page tome on his dysfunctional life and who had sadomasochistic impulses became the "Fuhrer" of Germany. It illuminates the dark side of cultures, the side no one wants to accept.

sayyad.shaer

Sayyad Sha'er visit: www.sayyadshaer.com

There are positives to reading a book about him. One can learn a lot about Iran by the people who they allow to hijack power; the people who they become manipulated by. To understand his regime, the way it will be dealt with by the West, and what will happen to Iran, as well as what sociocultural changes and effects have come about as the result of his repressive regime, its necessary to know about the man. It's much in the same way why people read books about Hitler. If you don't learn from history, you are bound to repeat it.

sweet

sweet

Shah and Khomeini should've worked together to make Iran a powerhouse.

DoostIran

DoostIran

Not to mention his immense contribution he has made to the understanding of psycho-sexual topics in his opus magnus, Tahrir-ol-Vasileh, in which he kindly guides us through the acceptable manners of pedophilia and other juicy topics concerned with the nether parts of the human anatomy. Clearly his two volumes put to shame Freud’s Totem and Taboo and eminently qualify him to be remebered as a great man of wisdom.

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NasirKhosrow

Nasir Khosrow Poet, scientist, philosopher, mystic and traveler

Hamid Algar is rumored to be coming out with a comprehensive biography of Khomeini in the not too distant future. Apparently he has been working on it, on and off, since the early '90s. My own problem with Algar writing such a work is whether it can be unbiased since he was knee deep involved with Khomeini and the regime until he had his own personal (quiet) falling out sometime in the mid/late '80s.

sayyad.shaer

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And he actually hated the Shah from the moment he met him, but considered him a better alternative than the communists.

sayyad.shaer

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He believed that Islam can be enforced in a society from the top-down; that if everyone acted like a good Muslim, as opposed to being one in their individual belief, then a perfect Islamic society will be formed. This manifests itself in the hierarchies of Islamic jurisprudence in the Iranian system and the system of velayat-e-faghih. It is this trickle-down approach that differed him from Ayatollah Montazeri, who held that belief must be in the individual first, and then it will permeate into society, and was one of the major sources of the chasm between Khomeini and Montazeri.

There are two good books on him-> Khomeini, the Life of the Ayatollah by Bagher Moein and The Spirit of Allah by Amir Taheri.