12/14/2004

Better Off Dead

Via Michelle Malkin...

The Metroplex Organization of Muslims in North Texas hosted A Tribute to the Great Islamic Visionary on December 11. The "visionary", of course, is Ruhollah Khomeini, more widely known as Ayatollah Khomeni. Khomeni is the man most responsible for Iran's sad state of affairs, and the results of his "vision" are history.

Under Khomeini's rule Shia Islamic law was instituted, the strict Islamic dress code (hijab) became the law and was enforced for both men and women. Women lost many of their rights as equal citizens, and freedom of speech and press continued to be almost as curtailed as it was under the Shah. Khomeini became the center of a large personality cult, and opposition to the religious rule or Islam in general was often met with harsh punishments. In the immediate aftermath of the revolution there were widespread allegations of systematic human rights abuses, including torture.

Early in the revolution in the years of 1979 to 1981, Khomeini's followers abducted 52 United States citizens and held them hostage in Tehran's US embassy for 444 days. Khomeini stated on February 23, 1980 that Iran's parliament would decide the fate of the American embassy hostages demanding the United States hand over the Shah for trial in Iran. President Jimmy Carter launched a commando mission to rescue the hostages, but the attempt was thwarted when the helicopters deployed failed under unexpected desert conditions in Tabas. Some Iranians considered this to be a miracle. Many commentators point to this failure as a major cause of Carter's loss in the following elections to Ronald Reagan.

On the list of "people the world is better off without", Khomeini ranks alongside Stalin, Lenin, and Hitler. His particular strain of political pestilence retarded the progress of the Middle East by decades, and can ultimately be identified as one of the largest contributing factors to horrors like 9/11.

Update: The link has been removed, but the Google cache never forgets. Thanks to Michelle for the update and the cache link.