Grave contradictions of 1979 Iranian Revolution

Dunayevskaya, Raya

Year Published:  1979  
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX10623

In what proletarian revolution, exactly, was the taking of hostages, and not the rulers, but some fairly low embassy personnel, held to be a revolutionary tactic? Since when has war and revolution been made synonymous? Isn't it about time that Marxist revolutionaries labeled Khomeini's endless repetition of "we are men of war" "looking forward to martyrdom" for what it is by citing Marx, who wrote that Napoleon, the ultimate COUNTER-revolutionary, "substituted permanent war for permanent revolution"?

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