World: They Are Trying to Kill

As Ayatullah Khomeini prepared to fly home, the army and the people of Iran appeared to be on a collision course. For the third time in four days, crowds of Khomeini's supporters taunted the soldiers. The troops answered words with bullets, opening fire in emotional outbursts, then sniping with a coldblooded capriciousness. TIME Correspondent William Mc-Whirter, who witnessed a bloody confrontation at 24 Esfand Square in central Tehran, reports on the grim consequences:

After four hours of shooting, the city had turned into a festival of pain. Street marshals of the revolutionary movement stopped cars to beg for blood donations. Emergency vehicles...

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