With Saddam at the gates of Tehran, Khomeini was only too willing to quietly accept arms from Ariel Sharon to save his revolution. Sharon’s rationale was that a victorious Saddam would leave him with the most powerful army in the Middle East. This was a much-criticised decision within Israel’s defence establishment. The irony is that Mr Mahmoudi and his colleagues at the Iranian embassy in part owe their current posts to Sharon and the pernicious Zionist entity.
Professor Colin Shindler
School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London