Iran’s Kakistocracy at Forty

Trump is on the right track with economic sanctions against Iran but he needs to go much farther.
Trump is on the right track with economic sanctions against Iran but he needs to go much farther.

This week marks the fortieth anniversary of Iran’s 1979 revolution. Since the late Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini took power, the Iranian regime has worked diligently to spread its malignancy around the world. Its influence has spread throughout the Middle East, South America, and many places we don’t yet know.

Iran’s power controls Lebanon and parts of Syria. It has built military bases close to the Israeli border with Syria. Its power extends to the Palestinians’ Gaza Strip and West Bank, Iraq, and Afghanistan. Iran has deployed terrorists or troops as far away as Venezuela and Argentina. It has committed terrorist attacks — and assassinations against regime opponents — in many other nations.

On February 1, 1979 Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini returned from a decade in exile to a tumultuous welcome. Ten days later, Shah Reza Pahlavi — in Egypt for treatment of cancer — resigned the throne.

On March 30-31, a national referendum was held and by a massive vote, Iranians chose to become an Islamic Republic. The next day, Khomeini took power and proclaimed April 1st as the “first day of God’s government.”

Khomeini explained what “God’s government” is in his book, Islamic Government. Khomeini wrote, “Islamic government does not correspond to any of the existing forms of government.… It is not constitutional in the current sense of the word, i.e., based on the approval of laws in accordance with the opinion of the majority.… It is the laws and ordinances of Islam comprising the set of conditions that must be observed and practiced. Islamic government may therefore be defined as the rule of divine law over men.”

What Khomeini established is best described by former secretary of state Henry Kissinger in his book, World Order. His analysis is compelling.


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