[Last Page by VOA Persian about how Khomeini acted in the beginning of the revolution, including making false promises, cracking down on the press and political parties, supporting executions of people in Kurdistan.]
TV host: Kayhan newspaper, February 27, 1979. Khomeini: Water and electricity will be free. Kayhan newspaper, January 23, 1979. Khomeini: In an Islamic state, there is no dictatorship. Kayhan newspaper, February 8, 1979. Khomeini: Don’t buy houses; we will provide houses for you all. The Kurds will be entitled to their own rights. Banking interests will be eliminated. We will remove banking interests. Kayhan newspaper, January 22. Khomeini: I will not become the leader or the president of the country. Kayhan newspaper, January 13, 1979 (before the revolution). Khomeini: All parties are free at expressing their views; Marxists are free at expressing their views. We will not build a political prison. Kayhan newspaper, January 27, 1979. I will bring the oil money to people’s tables. Khomeini: All households must receive a salary called ‘oil salary’ monthly. Kayhan newspaper, December 30, 1979. Khomeini: Clerics must not become presidents. Only 6 months after the revolution. August 17, 1979. Listen to Khomeini’s speech.
Khomeini: If, from the beginning when we defeated the usurper regime and broke this very corrupt dam, we had acted revolutionarily and had broken pens of the press, if we had closed all the corrupt magazines and corrupt press and put their managers on trial, if we had banned all corrupt parties and had punished their heads, if we had set up the gallows at the large squares and hanged all the corrupts and usurpers, then no such troubles would have happened.
If we had been revolutionary, we wouldn’t have allowed them to express themselves. We would have banned all political parties and would have banned political fronts. Only one party and that is God’s party (Hezbollah).
TV host: “We would have banned…” is not right. You did it. Very soon, and from the very beginning. The slogan of “God’s party is the only party; Rohullah is the only leader!” had already become common at the time of Khomeini seizing the power. March 8, 1979. Although women’s protest was held in Tehran against compulsory hejab, the thugs and male and female hezbollahi hooligans won with their slogan of “Either wears headscarf, or get beaten on the head!”, because the state authority supported them. You know how it has been so far in this ideological, Islamic, Shiite war for compulsory hejabs for women. But at that time, perhaps nobody knew that “Either wears a headscarf, or get beaten on the head!” of the thugs would institutionalize terrible limitations on personal, social and cultural behaviors in the Iranian society. They changed people’s mentalities. Revolutions are a war of powers. And clerics, headed by Khomeini, became victorious in 1979. And wherever they saw any disagreements, they suppressed it, relying on the state power that they had recently seized. But with each suppression, they put a nail in their own coffin, as we will see during the program. When Khomeini’s delegation in Kurdistan was negotiating with Kurd leaders to deal with regional demands of people of Kurdistan, Khomeini issued the order for attacking Sanandaj and all Kurdistan. Defenseless Kurdish people were so terribly massacred that they still have nightmares about those atrocities.
Khomeini: [Quran] “Strong against Disbelievers, compassionate amongst each other”. These conspirators are at the level of disbelievers. These conspirators in Kurdistan and other places are at the level of disbelievers. They should be confronted strongly. The government should confront them strongly. Gendarmerie should confront them strongly. The army should confront them strongly. If they don’t confront them strongly, we will confront you strongly.
[People: Right on! Right on!]
TV host: They sent their first sharia judge, Khalkhali, to Kurdistan. It is not necessary for me to say anything about this crime. You all know about the bloody-thirsty madness in Khalkhali’s mind. No court, no trials, no defense, no lawyers. Nothing. And all with Khomeini’s support. Later Khalkhali said, “I didn’t execute anyone, unless with leader’s order.” It was so terrible that even some of those close to Khomeini objected to it. Khomeini, fearing that the power of his sharia judge might decrease, supported the executions by Khalkhali.
Khomeini: We cannot tolerate these issues that these people, whose minds were trained in Europe, describe. One of them came and cried, saying that why some of them were killed. Not the corrupts, but those who were killed by Khalkhali. They didn’t pay attention that while Islam is the school for education, but the day it understood there was no chance for educating, they killed and beheaded 700 people –Bani Qurayza Jews – all at once in the presence of the Prophet and by his order.