It’s hard to believe that anyone in Canada would publicly celebrate the life and work of a foreign dictator and murderer. But this is exactly what will happen on May 31st at the Islamic Society of York Region in Richmond Hill, outside Toronto.
The event is called “An Awakening Against Global Injustice,” and it is a commemoration of Ayatollah Khomeini: one of the late twentieth century’s most brutal fanatics, and founder of the Islamic Republic of Iran.
The Iranian Revolution has often been portrayed in the West as a post-colonial struggle against the late Shah’s obsessional devotion to European values and progress. Many partisans of the Latte Left still ludicrously think of the Revolution as one great social justice movement, and this is the sentiment that the event’s title is pandering to.
After nearly two centuries of bombardment by pseudo-Marxist claptrap, it doesn’t even occur to Western intellectuals that Khomeini was first and last a Shiite Muslim cleric and that many Iranians genuinely believed in his vision of political Islam.
Perhaps it is this neurotic myopia that prevents so many people from seeing Khomeini as he really was. The Khomeini event of May 31st will be celebrating a man who ordered the deaths of as many as 20,000 political prisoners in the aftermath of the Revolution and throughout the 1980s.
It will be celebrating a man who is alleged to have ordered that children as young as 13 be hanged from cranes in a savage purge after the end of the Iran-Iraq war in 1988. It will be celebrating a man, by whose orders families were charged for the bullets used to kill their loved-ones and attacked when they tried to mourn their dead.
As if this weren’t enough to make anyone hate him, it must never be forgotten that Khomeini authorized one of the most hideous forms of paedophilia. In his religious treatise known as Resaleh Towzih al-Masa’el, Khomeini gives religious sanction to mature men marrying and copulating with 9-year old girls, and satisfying themselves with much younger girls by means of a revolting act called tafkhiz, or “thighing.”
I suspect that this hideous practice is mercifully uncommon nowadays, but according to article 1041 of the Iranian Civil Code, marriage before puberty is still allowed in Iran by permission of the Guardian Council.
The Khomeini event raises serious questions about the limits of free speech in Canada – questions which I am not qualified to answer. But one can well imagine the justified outrage at a public event designed to honour Saddam Hussein, Idi Amin, Mao, Hitler, or Stalin. We would never hear the end of it.
But I fear that mainstream media will ignore this disturbing Khomeini event as well as the protests against it organized by Jewish Defense League, and most likely by the Iranian community as well. Though we’ll see…
It is horrifying enough that Khomeini’s life and work will be celebrated at all in Canada. But I find it particularly unsettling that the Khomeini event will be hosted by a Sunni mosque – not a Shiite one.
What does this mean? This is yet another sign that the Islamic Republic of Iran has become a rallying point for Sharia-obsessed Muslims of all kinds. After the pathetic failure of the Muslim Brotherhood in governing Egypt, Iran is now the only organized and even remotely successful form of political Islam in the world.
Even though Sunni and Shia Muslims have historically hated and distrusted one another, both are now looking to the Iranian Shiite theocracy for a seemingly coherent and persuasive expression of Islamism. This is a very disturbing thought indeed.
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