Conversation With Khomeini

(Slate) Christopher Hitchens - Shiite cleric Hossein Khomeini, 45, is the ayatollah's grandson. Until recently a resident of Qum, the holy city of the Iranian Shiites, he moved to Baghdad and is now hoping to establish himself in Karbala, one of the two holy Shiite cities in southern Iraq. He refers to the work of the coalition forces in Iraq as a "liberation." He would prefer to live in Tehran but cannot consider doing so until there has been "liberation" in Iran also. "We have had 25 years of a failed Islamic revolution in Iran, and the people do not want an Islamic regime anymore," he says. The best outcome, he thought, would be a very swift and immediate American invasion of Iran.

2003-10-10 00:00:00

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