Tehran, Capital of Iran

  June 3, 2020

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Ruhollah Khomeini

   Last week, while doing a piece on the problems that the U.S. is having with the Saudi Arabians, we were obliged to revisit the half century of unending travail visited upon the people of Iran, beginning with an attempt by Mohammad Mossadegh, Prime Minister of the democratically elected Iranian parliament to wrest control of its petroleum from U.S. and British interests.

   American CIA and British Secret Service urged royalists to support the return of the Shah (monarch) as the head of the Iranian government.

   The Shah proved to be a despot. He surrounded himself with secret police and either imprisoned or dispatched many of his enemies, some of whom were clerics…the ayatollahs…and here we encounter a confusion about titles and names: Senior ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini was the leader of the opposition to the Shah. He fled to France.

Ali Khamenei
   The Shah became ill and the U.S. offered treatment. It was not successful.After he died, Ruhollah Khomeini returned to a nation that celebrated his return. He was acclaimed ruler.

   While the older ayatollah was in exile, a younger cleric, Ali Khamenei, (no relation) embraced the older ayatollah’s views and had been imprisoned by the Shah’s secret police six times. During a lengthy, tortuous interrogation by the Shah’s police, he lost the use of his right arm and hand. He is now the Supreme leader of Iran.

 TO BE CONTINUED. (Iran’s War with Saddam and the hostage taking at the U.S, Embassy)

– Phil Richardson, Storyteller and Observer of the Human Condition.

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