NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST)
2nd February, 1979 : The Ayatollah Khomeini made a victorious return to Iran yesterday after 14 years in exile, and immediately sent his multitude of supporters into a frenzy of excitement by denouncing the Shah’s left-over Government as illegal. He threatened to arrest its members if they continued in office and to bring them before special courts. In words that left little room for conciliation he said: “I will strike with my fists at the mouths of this Government. From now on it is I who will name the Government.” Although the Ayatollah appeared physically frail and aged, there was no doubting the power of his words. The crowd rose to him and chanted themselves hoarse with cries of “God is Great”.
[The poor people must be even more hoarse by now]