August 19, 2007


Khomeini 'sought to drop Death to America chant' (Robert Tait, August 20, 2007, The Guardian)

One of Iran's most powerful politicians has provoked controversy by suggesting that the late Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, leader of the country's Islamic revolution, wanted to drop its signature chant, Death to America.

The claim is made by Hashemi Rafsanjani, a pragmatic conservative and former president, in the newly-published latest volume of his memoirs, entitled Towards Destiny. Mr Rafsanjani discloses that a decision was made during Iran's 1980-88 war with Iraq, when he was speaker of the Iranian parliament and one of Khomeini's closest confidants.

Ayatollah Khamenei biffed when he tried installing Mr. Rafsanjani in the last presidential election, but has him better positioned this time around.

Posted by Orrin Judd at August 19, 2007 6:56 PM
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