[Marxism] Claims of Khomeini's anti-imperialism exposed once and for all

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Sat Jun 11 17:16:45 MDT 2016


Direct quotes from the documents destroy once and for all illusions 
about the coming to power of the Islamic Republic of Iran, which are 
held not just by Islamists, but sections of the left, in Iran and 
worldwide. In case anyone is in any doubt, ayatollah Khomeini was not 
the ‘brave third world leader’ who defied and defeated US imperialism. 
On the contrary, he was the man who ended a revolutionary process, 
promising “calm” in return for US help in deposing shah Mohammad Reza 
Pahlavi through a deal with his military commanders. We now know how he 
communicated with Carter, who persuaded the shah to leave Iran for an 
‘extended holiday’ and how the US administration then informed Khomeini 
that Iran’s military leaders were unlikely to stand in his way if he 
took power.

In fact it is quite clear from these documents that the US arranged for 
the opening of a communication channel with Khomeini and his principal 
advisors before the shah left Iran. A rational explanation for this 
cooperation would be that the US was more fearful of other sections of 
the opposition forces - the working class, whose strikes had paralysed 
the country, and the left - than the Islamists and in true tradition of 
US foreign policy, particularly during the cold war, Washington decided 
to ally itself with the Islamists against the secular and leftwing forces.

full: http://weeklyworker.co.uk/worker/1110/claims-exposed-once-and-for-all/



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