Imelda Marcos + Marie Antoinette = Khamenei's wife

by FG

Like the French queen, Iran's real "first lady" belongs to a man never elected to office by the people yet she sneers at the believers whose naivete allows her to live the high live. Her mocking attitude toward demonstrators recalls the most famous quote from that French queen ("If they want bread, let them eat cake.")

When it comes to living in high style Ms. Khamenei makes Imelda Marcos look like a K-mart shopper.   Ms. Khamenei recently complained that she couldn't imagine exchanging her present life for exile in some small Lebanese village.   Top that when as a good reason to continue beating, torturing, jailing and raping the Iranian people.  Can't give up those goodies, can we, Mrs. Khoumeini?

Unfortunately, where Filipinos (also poor) had  to support only one Imelda Marcos (hundreds of designer shoes and underwear), Iranians have to support hundreds--the wives of multi-millionaire mullahs.   Here's some amazing figures on foreign deposits held by 67 multi-millionaire clerical supporters of the Khamenei regime.   Like the Khamenei family all of these guys started out with nothing 30 years ago.  No wonder they adore the Islamic Republic as "ideal" for Iran's common folk!


Next--if you've studied those figures on clerical income--I'd like to ask you to make some amazing if obscene comparisons with clerics in the West.



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A Quiz for Iran's People

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1. How does Iran’s per capita income compare with that of the USA or most western countries? 

2. Assuming the West has far more wealth, you’d expect the West to have far more wealthy clerics than Iran.  Yet, excluding TV evangelists (celebrites more than clerics),  western cleric with a net income over a $1 million are few and far between and multi-millionaire western clerics non-existent. 

How can this be?  What have Iran's clerics done to justify their fabulous wealth in such a poor country by comparison?

 Even the Pope looks like a pauper compared to the lowest of the 67 clerics listed in the link above.  The Pope doesn’t even own his own clothes.  He has no family to feed at the trough.  He may live in a palace (the Vatican) but--just like the White House--it’s a loaner that goes with the office.  When the Pope dies, he dies a pauper.  

Meanwhile the “deserving” Khamenei family ($36 billion estate and growing) simply took over all of the Shah‘s many palaces as part of their personal estate.  The Iranian masses weren’t asked for their opinion.

3. Have Iran's clerics been totally corrupted by this vast wealth?  If so, why did Iranians tolerate it for too long? 

Simply look at the  tremendous number of amazing crimes they’ve been willing to commit to sustain their wealth and power.  Now they do so openly for all to see.  Is this obscene or not, especially when justified by religion as something owed to them.   No wonder they can't tolerate a free and open press!  Too many questions might be asked.

4. How much worse is the corrupt situation when you throw in the hundreds of other millionaire mullahs and their hangers-on in the Basilj and IRCG aristocracy?

Toss in extra costs for the thugs clerics use to club and beat demonstrators.  It recalls the way the Chinese make families pay for the bullets of anyone it executes (a practice the clerics have also borrowed).  

Further “maintenance expenses” for clerical rule include the free treats and hired criminals and prostitutes used to fill up the ranks for “pro-government” demonstrations.

5. Can Iran’s economy ever get anywhere so long as the present system remains? 

The willingness of so many clerics to exploit religion is the #1 factor keeping Iran from enjoying the same modernity, human rights, wealth and social and artistic freedoms as people in the West. 

Meanwhile millions of Iranians go payless for weeks or months and per capita income has actually shrunk compared to many other countries in the three decades of mullah rule. The new privileged class is exactly like the old one under the Shah though more openly brutal.  At least under the Shah, Iran had one of the fastest economic growth rates in the world just before the revolution.