Many of us read the same or similar books. VS Naipul offers two interesting looks at the conquered people. Amil does mention that the Mullahs are not Persian. Persian's venerate the rich legacy of their historical achievements and culture. According to Naipul Islam is the worst sort of colonialism where nothing is sacred except the sands of Arabia. Islam amongst the conquered people is alienation from ones own history and culture. If this sounds familiar to readers one is very perceptive. This also happens to be the dementia affection Communists like Ducky, Gertrude and Weazie. John Brown has mental pathologies in addition to being an acolyte of class genocide, theft and drug dealing.
The paralels between Commies and Khomeni's Islamic revolution are not accidental. Commies worked with the religious zealots who borrowed their techniques before disatching them with extreeme prejudice. This proves that a broken clock is correct twice a day.
Naipul's guide is an Iranian communist with a Stalin fixation. The signs of Marxist sloth abound in Naipul's rich description. The workers who do almost no work can be found in Cuba, North Korea or in a Social Science department in the USA. The revolutionary slogans and political speeches on the radio are also reminders of Communist misrule. The religious police are dressed like Che Guevarra.
The most interesting part of the story is the interpreter is finked out by a railway worker. This could have happened in Cuba or any Marxist thugocracy. Their crime is that he is playing cards with his girlfriend who seems to have stolen one of Hillary Clinton's pantsuits. The Commie interpreter goes on a tirade about the ruling classes needlessly flexing their muscle. That he would readily do it to you and me in the name of Communism is lost on all, except Naipul.
At the end the Communist paper is closed and the workers are beaten. The Mullahs are in the process of consolidation of power and their useless idiot Communist henchmen are no longer needed. The Communist left still has a great affinity for the Iranian theocracy but that is mostly due to the fact it parrots its own Anti-American and Anti-semitic idiocy.
Readers of Naipul are treated to a skilled writer who is a craftsman. Much of the information he conveys is subtle. However, unlike me read the books in the correct order Among the Belivers first and then Beyond Belief.
Beamish in 08