IRAN: Squabble Among the Holy Men

Khomeini collides with a rival Ayatullah

With a typically xenophobic broadside, Iran's Ayatullah Ruhollah Khomeini vainly sought last week to dismiss as the work of outside agitators the most serious challenge yet posed to his mastery over the country. "Mysterious hands are sowing disunity. Satanic plans are under way by America and its agents," he declared. His outburst had been provoked by the disaffection of a fellow Shi'ite leader, Ayatullah Mahmoud Taleghani, who touched off a new round of violent clashes and demonstrations by withdrawing from politics as a protest against the...

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