US author and peace activist Phil Wilayto in a recent interview with IRNA said that the legacy of the leader of 1979 Islamic Revolution in Iran, Imam Khomeini was to fight against western imperialism, colonialism and human rights abuses – and establish unity among Muslims around the world.
“Imam Khomeini was the leader of the last popular revolution of the century which has influenced other regional nations for its peaceful and nonviolent manner,” said Wilayto.
Wilayto hailed the peaceful conduct of the Islamic Revolution saying it posed a big challenge to international hegemonic powers, particularly the United States.
He added that the late Imam Khomeini had constantly underlined the need for unity among Shiite and Sunni Muslims. Referring to the current sectarian conflicts in the region, the US author said thoughts and teachings of the late Imam can be very helpful to solve those conflicts in this juncture.
Wilayto added that Imam Khomeiniˈs thoughts are useful and important both for the Iranians and Muslims and for the non-Muslim nations.
Richmond-based Phil Wilayto is editor of The Richmond Defender and author of book, ‘In Defense of Iran’. He said Imam Khomeini established a real democracy in Iran.
In 2011, Wilayto addressed a meeting in Markham (Ontario) to celebrate the 32nd anniversary of the Islamic Revolution. It was organized by my friend and former editor of Crescent International, Zafar Bangash. Listen to Wilayto in three videos below.
American Jewish academic and former UNHRC envoy for the Occupied Palestine, professor Richard Falk, praised Imam Khomeini in an article published by Al-Jazeera on February 3, 2014. Falk who met Imam Khomeini in Paris 35 years ago, called Imam Khomeini, a true Revolutionary.