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Khomeini Reluctantly Renounces War
[Diary of a Vengeance Foretold] Part 21 - July 23, 1988
Ludwig De Braeckeleer (ludwig)     Print Article 
Published 2008-07-24 09:12 (KST)   

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Saturday, July 23, 1988

"I repeat that the acceptance of this issue is more lethal for me than poison; but I surrender to God's satisfaction. I have drunk this for the sake of God's satisfaction."
--Ayatollah Khomeini

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On this day in 1988, Khomeini repeated how painful it had been for him to accept UN Resolution 598, but provided no information as to what had prompted him to do so. The Supreme Leader, however, made it very clear that the decision had been made by Iranian officials without any foreign interference.

But Khomeini also told the Iranians that the dream was alive and that the Islamic Revolution was merely suspended. "Keep your hatred and your desire of vengeance in your chests," Khomeini said.

"The Grand Ayatollah also had a personal message for the United States. It will not always be the case that our passenger aircraft are downed by you," Khomeini warned.

A major Iraqi offensive along the entire Iran border has captured some territory in the central and southern sectors with the help of Mojahedin-e-Khalq (MEK). The Iraqi offensive appears to have failed in the northern sector. Bagdad is clearly attempting to improve its military situation on the eve of the negotiations.

Iran is accusing Iraq of using chemical weapons. On March 16, Iraqi repeated chemical attacks at Halabja killed thousands. (These attacks would cause genetic damages and deaths for many years to come.)

Iraq has acknowledged that it used chemical weapons. However, Iraqi officials claim that Iran was the first to do so. US officials said that the use of chemical weapons had had "an enormous impact" on Iran's population.

Back to the Present

I would like to elaborate a bit more regarding the error currently posted on the Libya page of the Web site of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, where the following can be read:

"The Lockerbie trial began on 3 May 2000. On 31 January 2001 Al-Megrahi was found guilty and Fhimah not proven."

As I said yesterday, Al-Amin Khalifa Fhimah was found not guilty. This is not merely a typo, for the correct information reveals abundantly clearly how absurd the judgment is.

In closing the case, Advocate Depute Alistair Campbell told the Court that the Crown had decided to drop two of the three charges against the accused. Moreover, Campbell explained how the evidence had been re-articulated around four central claims.

The third submission is that "each accused was involved, in concert with each other and with others, in the commission of the murder."

Considering the charge, the verdict is totally illogical. How could Abdelbaset Ali Al-Megrahi be guilty of having acted in concert with a person who was judged innocent, a unanimous verdict I must add?

"Iraq Mounts New Drive on Border," July 23, 1988.

"Words of Khomeini: On Islam, the Revolution and a Cease-Fire," July 23, 1988.

"Iran and Iraq Will Send Key Negotiators to U.N.," July 23, 1988.


Ludwig De Braeckeleer has a Ph.D. in nuclear sciences. Ludwig teaches physics and international humanitarian law. He blogs on "The GaiaPost."
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