The Iranian government has a selective memory. After the shah’s overthrow, Khomeini set up the present Islamic Republic and for 10 years occupied the post of Supreme Leader. His historic speech has now been censored in the Islamic republic that he created and led. Indeed, although the speech is easily accessible on the Internet, it is nonetheless strangely absent from Iran’s official archives. This is not surprising, since it asserted the sovereignty of the people, which had been treated with contempt at the time of the 2009 demonstrations whose main slogan was “Where is my vote?”
The people are sovereign and masters of their fate, so their choice must be respected. But by what right are those who cast their votes 50 years ago able to determine the fate and future of the present generation? The fate of each generation is in its own hands.