Holy Terror

Khomeini sends forth a zealot

He gained fame in his homeland, and infamy in the U.S., as the clerical adviser of the militants who held 52 American hostages for 14 months in Iran. Now Hojjatoleslam Mohammad Mousavi Khoeyniha, 44, has been given another mandate: to export religious revolution to Saudi Arabia.

Khomeini has appointed Khoeyniha to direct Iran's mass hadj (pilgrimage) to Mecca, one of Islam's holiest rituals. His instructions: to foment agitation among the 2 million or so Muslims who will be flocking to Mecca in September. Khoeyniha will thus be Khomeini's agent to help promote the religious insurrection that the...

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