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شنبه 14 خرداد‌ماه سال 1390 ساعت 23:08

691. TIME magazine person of the year 1979 - Ayatollah Khomeini

At the end of every year, TIME magazine selects a person, group of persons, or an idea that (for better or worse) has most influenced events during the year. As a young kid I once used to think that such lists were honestly composed. However, growing up moving past the naive optimism of my childhood years, I was quick to notice the dishonorable intentions and motives behind such fabrications.

I'm not writing this post to undermine TIME magazine in particular; what I am trying to do is point out the biased manipulations of the media -while using this particular article of TIME magazine as a blatant example of such disgusting behavior.

Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini was undoubtedly the most beloved figure in contemporary Iranian history. The Islamic Revolution in Iran and the blessings he brought upon the country, the region, and the world, led to his funeral being one of the largest gathering of human beings for a mourning event in history. The millions of individuals who attended the ceremonies in the scorching summer heat of Tehran, and the numerous individuals who died just by hearing the news of the Ayatollah's passing are a testament the popularity of this holy man.

The inscription on the gravestone reads: "Samiollah Akbari, son of Shirdel, who hastened to the hereafter upon hearing the news of the passing of the Revolution's grand leader."

Now let's review some choice quotes from the article written by TIME, alongside the hideous cover picture designed to make the Ayatollah look as evil as possible.

“The dour old man of 79 shuffles in his heel-less slippers to the rooftop and waves apathetically to crowds that surround his modest home in the holy city of Qum. The hooded eyes that glare out so balefully from beneath his black turban are often turned upward, as if seeking inspiration from on high—which, as a religious mystic, he indeed is.” -  The article starts by giving a negative physical image of Ayatollah Khomeini to match the cover art in etching a negative first impression.

“As the leader of Iran’s revolution he gave the 20th century world a frightening lesson in the shattering power of irrationality, of the ease with which terrorism can be adopted as government policy.” - playing the terrorism card, trying to make one of the most peaceful revolutions of the ages seem what it was not.

“ The Ayatullah even insisted, in an extraordinary interview with TIME, that if Americans wish to have good relations with Iran they must vote Jimmy Carter out of office and elect instead a President that Khomeini would find “suitable.”" – When I read this, I quickly went to read the Time’s interview. You’ll be amused to know that no such statement from the Ayatollah exists in the interview. The most he said was that the US should vote Carter out of office, but nothing was said that it should be replaced by someone he finds suitable. Given that suitable was in quotes, I expected there to be something like that, but no such thing exists in the interview. {
*Courtesy Smileiran.com}

“The revolution that he led to triumph threatens to upset the world balance of power more than any political event since Hitler’s conquest of Europe.” - and who could doubt Hitler connections being right around the corner!

Today was the 22nd anniversary of the Ayatollah's passing. Once again, his shrine in southern Tehran was overfilled with peacefull mourners (estimated as much as 2 million people) who the western media outlets either inadvertently neglect to see, or unfortunately, intentionally turn a blind eye towards.

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