April 25, 2012

Ayatollah Khamenei Is Rather Pathetic

Con Coughlin, Standpoint

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Ever since he became Iran's Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has had to contend with the nagging doubt that he is simply not up to the job. Unlike Cyrus the Great, who was born into one of the great Persian dynasties and acceded effortlessly to the throne on his father's death, Khamenei's rise owed everything to the patronage of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, his mentor and the founder of Iran's Islamic revolution.

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