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Iran’s loathsome “mullahocracy” at 40

Monday, 11 February, 2019

The theo-fascists who have ruled Iran for 40 years have failed to accomplish anything positive politically, socially or economically for their hapless subjects. Azar Nafisi, author of the wonderful Reading Lolita in Tehran, described life in the Islamic Republic of Iran as comparable to “sex with someone you loathe”. Speaking of sex, the mullahs have created a “society” where women can be stoned to death for extra-marital sex and girls married off at the age of nine. No wonder the people hate them. They have turned faith into something so puritanical and dour that it needs to be policed by religious commissars to ensure compliance.

Those of us who love writing, reading and the unfettered exchange of ideas should never, ever forget that Iran remains unique among modern nations for having put out a contract on a writer. On 14 April 1989, Ayatollah Khomeini issued a fatwa against the novelist Salman Rushdie because of his novel The Satanic Verses. As the late Bernhard Lewis wrote in The Crisis of Islam: “To supplement and anticipate the rewards of paradise, an Islamic charitable trust in Tehran offered a bounty to anyone who killed Salman Rushdie consisting of 20 million tumans (at the time around $3 million at the official rate, about $170,000 at the open-market rate) for an Iranian, or $1 million for a foreigner. Some years later the bounty, still unclaimed, was increased by the trust.”

In his awful edict, Khomeini informed “all the zealous Muslims of the world that the blood of the author of this book, which has been compiled, printed, and published in opposition to Islam, the Prophet, and the Qur’an, as also of those involved in its publication who were aware of its contents, is hereby declared forfeit. I call on all zealous Muslims to dispatch them quickly, wherever they may be found, so that no one will dare insult Islamic sanctities again. Anyone who is himself killed in this path will be deemed a martyr.”

Putting a bounty on a writer’s head and shutting down a country’s free press are the legacies of the evil Khomeini and his successors. Their fundamentalism is the wretched price the masses in Iran most pay, day in, day out.

Peter Hall, 13 August 1979: “Returned to London, and was diverted to read on the plane, in the New York Herald Tribune, that Miss Piggy [of the Muppets] has been banned from Iranian television during Ramadan because ‘Moslems do not eat pork and consider pigs unclean.'”