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The Iran Tribunal and the crimes of Khomeini

Friday, 8 February, 2013

While watching Argo, I was reminded that the enduring image of the Iranian nightmare was snapped 34 years ago this month: the return of Ayatollah Khomeini to Tehran from France. Although 10 February is celebrated as Revolution Day in Iran, the arrival of Khomeini on 1 February 1979 remains the key moment. On the Air France flight to Tehran, he was asked by ABC News reporter Peter Jennings: “What do you feel in returning to Iran?” Khomeini answered: Hichi (“Nothing”). This one-word statement was considered indicative of his mystical nature by both Islamic fanatics in Iran and useful idiots in the West. By the way, last year’s commemoration of Khomeini’s homecoming was a bit weird as it involved a giant cut-out figure of the old psychopath.

Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini

Meanwhile, the report of the Iran Tribunal has been released. It found that during the 1980s the Islamic Republic was guilty of the murder of between 15,000 and 20,000 political prisoners. Quote: “The religious fervour of these crimes makes them even more shocking: for instance, a woman’s rape was frequently the last act that preceded her execution in Iran, as under the ‘Sharia’ law guidelines, the execution of a virgin female is non-permissible.” Iran is in the hands of evil and medieval people. How long more?

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