Iran: There He Goes Again

There He Goes Again

With halting steps, the pallid but ever fierce Iranian leader Ayatullah Ruhollah Khomeini, 86, last week stepped out of his long seclusion. He appeared at the Jamaran mosque outside Tehran, where he made a speech to mark the eighth anniversary of the Shah's overthrow.

The aging Ayatullah's hermetic existence had fueled rumors recently that he was near death. He had not been heard in public since November. But last week Khomeini gave a clear and steady 17-minute talk exhorting his followers to defeat Iraq in the bitter gulf war. Said he: "Almost every day, many children and old men see their...

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