by Fred

Regardless of the cause when one in its pursuit puts everything on the line, this sort of courage of conviction begets respect.

Prince Edward of the House of Windsor gave up his throne for the love of a woman he could not have as his queen. That he harbored and showed admiration for the Nazis as abhorrent as it is does not lessen the respect he deserves for the courage of conviction he showed in regards to love for Wallis Simpson.

The same applies to Hossein-Ali Montazeri who just passed away at the age of eighty seven in Qom.

He was a lifelong Islamist who paid for his political belief long before the seizing of power by his likeminded. He is credited in large part to be one of the theoretician of the pillar of the current Islamist Rapist Republic, rule by the jurisprudent. What he helped to create and the murderous dogma it tuned out to be once holding the levers of power is no secret.  

But when he saw what his creation was doing, although took him about ten years to get there, even thought he was confirmed to be the next absolute ruler he had the courage of conviction to put everything on the line including his absolute rule.

In my book  he is due scorn, a lot of it for his part in creating this Islamist Rapist Republic, at the same time he is due respect, a lot of respect for turning his back on his murderous Islamist dogma, turning toward the Islamic religion and more than that toward putting people and their human rights above everything.  


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mostafa ghanbari

Dear Fred

by mostafa ghanbari on


The main and common point about all the Mullahs is that they are the absolute masters of philosophy and thus they know much better anyone else that a religious system of ruling-especially the Islamic one- is just good enough to destroy a human society. In other words Montazeri did what he knew how hindering and destructive it could be.

ramin parsa

Fred, your moral compass

by ramin parsa on

has failed you on this score. This guy was a pig, maybe not as much a pig as Khomeini, but a pig nonetheless.

This scumbag akhund deserves no respect, whatsoever. Prince Edward was in no way responsible for the deaths of tens of thousands of people. Montazeri, on the other hand, was deeply involved in the original hasty executions following the revolution and the travesty of sending 10-year-old boys to walk on mines in that bullshit war against Iraq. And when the regime liquidated 20,000 political prisoners in the summer of 1988, Montazeri didn't protest publicly against the genocide, but rather, merely wrote a letter to Khomeini voicing his reservations.

Half-ass objections later on in the life of the IRI, and highly culpable in its early years, that's all he was, nothing more. Not to mention that every mullah/hojatoleslam/ayatollah on Iranian soil is either an enemy or a potential enemy of Iran-zamin and should be exported to Shiite Karbala, no matter what.

Would we "respect" Rudolf Hess ("Deputy Furer") if later on in his life he "reformed" his outlook and said all the right things?

This Arabized vermin was highly instrumental in creating the very beast that has slaughtered thousands and nearly destroyed our homeland, not to mention ruined our worldly reputation. The last thing I want to bestow upon him and his filthly ilk is RESPECT vis-a-vis his later misgivings about his earlier patently treasonous and inhumane misconduct. 

To hell with Montazeri, because that's where he's headed!



by Cost-of-Progress on

I think not.

A mullah is a mullah is a mullah.

Just because Montazeri was at odds with the anti nationalist pigs does not make him any better than the rest. Could he have had a bone to pick with those who set him aside for the current thug-in-charge? I think so.....He was no better than the rest of the clerical establishment. None are  -

Hame akhund hastan...........

Over and out.






But i still cannot forgive him

by mahmoudg on

Repentance is good when you realize the mistake you made, but the fact still remains that the Islamic Republic was brought about largely by his actions.  He never publicly denounce it.  He never publicly denounce that Islam is a failure.  he died without it and as far as I am concerneed he is as gulity as Khomeini and the rest of these thugs and should not be given the respect deserving great statesmen. 


Good Point

by masoudA on

and what remians to be seen is the results of his courageous final days and words in righting the wrongs that he was a part of.   I hear there are demonstrations going on already, with some interesting plans for his funeral.