Thirty-two years ago, Ayatollah Khomeini, the Supreme Leader of Iran then, had to drink what he referred to as the “cup of poison” when he agreed to a UN-mediated ceasefire after an Iranian warship drowned during the Iran-Iraq war that lasted for eight years. Khomeini referred to this truce as a “cup of poison” because he was forced to accept such a ceasefire although it is against his ideology of exporting terrorism and instigating war, which was a cornerstone for the Wilayat Al-Faqih (Guardianship of the Jurist) regime. This ideology is most apparent in Khomeini's statements, such as when he said that he was willing to continue this war until he reaches Jerusalem through Karbala, even if the cost would be the destruction of each and every inch of Tehran.
Activists hold banners during a demonstration against executions in Iran, in Berlin, Germany September 3, 2016. The banners in German read 'The people who are responsible for the 1988 massacres in Iran need to be brought to court.' (Reuters)
A member of the People's Mujahedin of Iran in France displays portraits of victims on the Esplanade des Invalides in Paris on October 29, 2019 to commemorate the executions of thousands of Iranian political prisoners in 1988. (AFP)