Yet the Islamic Republic created by Mr Yazdi and his comrades failed to live up to the dreams of a Muslim democracy, in which sagacious ayatollahs would stand as guardians of the democratic wishes of the people.But he and his fellow revolutionaries remain distinctly Islamic in thinking:
"What is happening now is a disaster," says Mahmood Delkhasteh, one of the first young soldiers to heed Khomeini's call to desert the Shah's army and join the revolution. "Many people regret participating."
Within months of the revolution, the euphoria had evaporated as the rival factions began a brutal battle for control of the country, which ended with a repressive state that imprisoned and executed thousands of political prisoners – including many of the revolutionaries themselves.
Now, 30 years wiser, Mr Jalaiepour acknowledges the terrible price paid for the revolution and says that gradual change is more effective. "Reform is better than revolution, but sometimes revolutions just happen (emphasis added)," he says.It's an expression of what's been dubbed Inshallah fatalism:
If in every second phrase, you use that term, and if you really believe that at any moment Allah can come in, and exercise his will or his whim, and if all things are decided by him, well then -- to the extent that that is truly believed, you are less likely to strive.... as well as:
...mental submission, which Islam encourages. It encourages it because the whole basis of the Total Belief-System is not reason, but authority: you accept what Allah does, without questioning. You follow the human example of Muhammad, without questioning. If Muhammad "marries" little Aisha when she is nine, no need to question that or to question, therefore, the Ayatollah Khomeini when, as virtually his first act, he lowers the marriageable age of girls to nine.Speaking of Khomeini, the Telegraph article reveals a further cluebat blow for useful idiots among the dhimmis:
...BBC reporter John Simpson... was on the plane taking the ayatollah back to Iran.However, they're not useful because they're bright. Simpson likely still doesn't have a clue.
"I'd interviewed Khomeini in France, where he was pretty cold and fierce, but he was at least very polite," says Simpson. "But when we went forward to talk to him in the plane, he took no notice of us at all. I asked in my best polite Farsi if he would answer some questions and he just looked out of the window. We had served our purpose during all the interviews he gave before leaving France (emphasis added)."