May 12, 2014

How the West Gets Iran Wrong

Akbar Ganji, Global Public Square

The Associated Press

It was clear in his writing and speeches during his 10 years as supreme leader that Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini was not really familiar with liberalism and Marxism, yet he was opposed to both. In contrast, Khomeini's successor, Ayatollah Sayyed Ali Khamenei, has been pointed in his criticism of liberal democracy, dismissing it on countless occasions and presenting an alternative, "religious democracy." His criticisms of liberal democracy are based on two pillars: the track record of liberal democracies for what he considers as the destruction of family values, and his faith in "religious democracy" being superior over liberal democracy. Yet anyone believing that Khamenei's views have in turn resulted in a top-down squashing of political discussion – even of imported ideas...

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