Today makes the anniversary of Imam Khomeini’s return to Iran after years of exile due to his opposition to the Pahlavi regime. Khomeini’s return to Tehran to lead the Islamic Revolution ended centuries of monarchical rule in Iran, thus bringing to an end the always controversial Pahlavi Dynasty that attained power starting with a British backed coup in 1921 and ending with the ousting of the Qajar Dynasty in 1925.
The west once again strengthened its hand over the Pahlavi Dynasty when in 1953, the CIA lead an illegal ‘regime change’ style coup against the then Iranian Prime Minister Mohammad Mosaddegh, due to his desire to nationalise Anglo-Iranian Petroleum (now British Petroleum).
Between 1953 and 1979, the corrupt reign of Mohammad Reza Pahlavi saw the Iranian treasury plundered on extravagant parties for foreign dignities, while the people were deprived of their country’s natural wealth. In 1979 popular uprisings against Reza Pahlavi led to the ouster of the pro-American and pro-Zionist monarch.
Into the potential chaos of the uprising, Iranian citizens rallied around Imam Khomeini who restored order to Iran while implementing sweeping constitutional reforms as part of the Islamic Revolution. Imam Khomeini helped to restore the dignity and independence of the Iranian people, while restoring traditional values in order to fight corruption and insure full equality among all Iranian men and women.
Today, the Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei payed at the Mausoleum of Imam Khomeini, thus officially inaugurating the beginning of celebrations culminating in the celebration of the beginning of Iran’s Islamic Revolution.