[PROVISIONAL TRANSLATION FROM Persian]

 

[Translator’s notes appear in square brackets.]

[Personal information has been redacted.]

[The excerpt below is from the section of the article that pertains to the Baha’i Faith]

 

[Newspaper:] Ettelaat

[Date:] Wednesday, 26 Dey 1358 [16 January 1980]

[Issue No.:] 16052

[Page:] 9

 

Why I Withdrew From Presidential Nomination

From: Ayatollah Khalkhali

We remained astonished and perplexed as we entered the stage [of the presidential candidature] and observed that before the poster propaganda, colourful wall-pictures, and others’ scandalous botching, we have neither the money nor the support…

…The revolution fervour created enthusiasm that was unprecedented in the history of the world. Overnight, it finally cut off the bloody hands of the malefactor Freemason organization, Baha’ism, SAVAK, the CIA and Mossad from the Middle East and placed them overseas, but by presenting the step-by-step politics on behalf of the so-called revolutionary government, international imperialism and worldwide Zionism reorganized their defeat…