Especially since Khomeini only became an Ayatollah, when it was thought that after his arrest, in 1963, he faced execution and in order to save him from execution, Ayatollah Shariatmadari, a moderate and pacifist Grand Ayatoolah, promoted him to the rank of Grand Ayatollah to save Khomeini from execution.
Khomeini as ungrateful as ever, did not reward Ayatollah Shariatmadari after the 1979 revolution, for having saved him from execution, but instead Ayatollah Shariatmadari's family were arrested and tortured. Shariatmadari himself was arrested, former Minister of Intelligence, Reyshahri, even mentions in his memoirs that he personally took part in beating up the elderly moderate Grand Ayatollah Shariatmadari who did not see eye to eye with Khomeni's rule of jurisprudence. Thus Ayatollah Shariatmadari who had promoted Khomeini to Grand Ayatollah overnight to save him from execution, was forced to appear on Iranian state TV and beg Khomeini for forgiveness.
I am not sure who elevated Khomeini to the rank of Imam, it may have even been the MKO, as I remember their newspaper always used to write Imam Khomeini in bold letters when they were trying unsuccessfully to endear themselves to Khomeini.
After Khamenei succeeded Khomeini as the new Supreme Leader, some sycophants also attempted to refer to Khamenei as the Imam, but to have a 14th Imam was just too much and never became acceptable in Iran.
Socialist Unity, RESPECT's publication however, has no qualms in publishing an article that praises Iran's Supreme Leader obsessively and refers to him as an Imam. The article is written by Seyyed Mohamamd Marandi, a rich kid whose father is non other than Khamenei's personal physician. Mohammad Marandi, himself was born and educated in Richmond, Virginia in the good old US of A.
Socialist Unity is thus praising an absolute dictator who is responsible for the murder, torture and imprisonment of Iran's trade unionists, students, intellectuals, writers, journalists, workers, teachers, human rights lawyers, minorities and.....
I piss on this 'Unity' and on these 'Socialists'.
We still have around us apologists for dictators and thugs.
Well we all know that George Galloway is the British Lord Whore-Whore of Iran's theocratic tyranny. Now Marandi - the king of the smug smiles has officially nailed his laughable 'intellectual' credentials to the post by REALLY being just another boot licking dictator lover who'll sacrifice moral integrity over principles. So, just remember that smug smile persecuted Iranian's. And just also remember history - and what the people ultimately did with Nazi collaborators!
Bahreh letter to her husband:
Bahareh Hedayat is an Iranian student activist, women's rights activist and campaigner for thousand signatures, member of the Central Council and spokeswoman for Daftar Tahkim Vahdat. She was arrested on July 9, 2007. On August 9, 2007 she was released on bail. She was again arrested and released in 2008.
In 2010, she was arrested and was sent to Evin Prison, Ward 209, for the fifth time. Branch 28 of the Revolutionary Court confirmed her sentence of nine-and-half years imprisonment.
In a letter written from prison she expresses her thoughts, worries, admiration, and apprehensions to her husband, Amin Ahmadiyan, political activist and member of the Islamic Alumni Association.
The following is my English adaptation of her poetic letter (also see here for another translation).
Socialists are no different from fascists.
Marandi is a piece of SHIT! He hates America but that low life travels with a U.S. passport.
Who elevated Khomeini to the rank of Imam?? And kept him there? At least 50 percent of Iranians! Not just one group. They were Muslims, socialists, fascists, marxists, communists, monarchists, and the rest of \'em IRANIAN idiots.
What difference does all this really make, whether he's an imam or less than that? They hold this, another circle holds that, and we hold xyz?
The very bottom line, my friend, is that you have at the basis of this society a book that claims it is prophetic, based on the say-so of one man, when in fact it's a book written by a fool, to be very kind about him, and that it promotes a rotten culture.
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