Felt the time is right to reblog this piece from three years ago!
IRAN has been the bogey country of the West since the Islamic Revolution in 1979 and its public demonization by the USA.
Anyone of a certain age will remember the portrayal of its then leader Ayatollah Khomeini in Western media as all that was “wrong with Islam”.
Matters weren’t improved in 1989 by the publication of Salman Rushdie’s novel The Satanic Verses.
Many Muslims accused Rushdie of blasphemy and in 1989 Ayatollah Khomeini issued a fatwa ordering Muslims to kill Rushdie.
Numerous killings, attempted killings, and bombings resulted from Muslim anger over the novel.
The Iranian government backed the fatwa against Rushdie until 1998, when the succeeding government of Iranian President Mohammad Khatami said it no longer supported the killing of Rushdie.
But all is never as it seems, particularly when the US and UK’s right wing press is involved, and by 1991 Iraq had replaced Iran as the…
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