Press TV (AKA an intelligence wing of the Islamic Republic of Iran) reports on an international conference this past weekend to discuss Khomeini’s views on ethics and politics to mark his death anniversary. It was attended by ‘thinkers’ and ‘scholars’. Really!? As Richard Dawkins has said, you do need to read more than one book to be considered a scholar in the real world. And what’s to discuss on ethics?
Or how to kill more people courtesy of his very ‘ethical politics’? Some of his many quotes:
“Do not interrupt the activities. You all have to obey the Islamic Republic. And if you don’t, you all will vanish.” -Ayatollah Khomeini (Isfahan, September 19, 1979)
“Those who are against us are like cancer tumors that need to be removed surgically; otherwise they will corrupt everything.” -Ayatollah Khomeini (Tabriz, Qom, September 19, 1979)
“If one permits an infidel to continue in his role as a corrupter of the earth, the infidel’s moral suffering will be all the worse. If one kills the infidel, and this stops him from perpetrating his misdeeds, his death will be a blessing to him.” (1984)
“…the author of The Satanic Verses book which is against Islam, the Prophet and the Qu’ran, and all involved in its publication who were aware of its content, are sentenced to death. I call on all zealous Muslims to execute them wherever they find them, so that no one will dare to insult the Islamic sanctions. Whoever is killed on this path will be regarded as a martyr, God willing.” (February 1989)
Ah yes so very ethical…
And for those of you who want to start defending his honour and going on about urban legends and what not, don’t bother. I am also busy marking him and his ‘ethics’ but in a slightly different way (the dustbin has the slogan: ‘dustbin of history’)…