IRAN: Forced March Backward

On the treacherous road to an Islamic theocracy

"We will wipe them out! The nation voted for the Islamic republic and everyone should obey. If you do not obey, you will be annihilated."

So said the Ayatullah Ruhollah Khomeini last week, fuming against secular opponents who might stand in his way. The blunt warning, delivered to a visiting delegation of air force officers at his headquarters in the holy city of Qum, erased any lingering doubts about where the Ayatullah is determined to carry the Iranian revolution. He has embarked on a forced march backward to fundamentalist Islamic theocracy.

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