مركز وثائق الثورة الإسلامية

Editorial

How Imam Khomeini resisted siding with the Pahlavi

Imam Khomeini used to swiftly reject the idea of any sort of reform and would resolutely fight any sort of advantage given by the Pahlavi regime. He dismissed as unacceptable Mohammad Reza Shah’s repentance, saying it was like Pharaoh’s repentance. We also rejected the idea of any transition government. He ridiculed the Shah’s initiative of free election and called it meaningless with the Shah on hand. He said the arrest of state leaders by Mohammad Reza was an amusing game. He said Sharif Emami’s national reconciliation government as well as the national government of Bakhtiar were tricks to stop the revolution. He would directly and strongly attack those who talked of accepting the constitution and would call it treason to Islam.