Khomeini (1900-1989) was an Iranian politician and religious leader who served as ayatollah and dictator of Iran from 1979 to 1989. His regime was noted for his religious terror and support of terrorists. In 1979 he kept members of the American embassy in Teheran, Iran, imprisoned and only released them on the day of Ronald Reagan's inauguration in 1981. In 1987-1988 the Reagan administration was found guilty of illegally selling weapons and arms to Iran in exchange for hostages. The money was then used to support the opposition against the socialist government in Nicaragua. In 1989 Khomeini again made international headlines when he issued a fatwa against author Salman Rushdie and his book "The Satanic Verses", which Khomeini considered blasphemous.
Portrayal in Spitting Image
Khomeini was portrayed as a humorless, angry, insane zealot who was often seen with blood dripping from his hands. He spoke English with a mock Arabic accent. He was the presenter of a sketch entitled 'Miss Islamic World' where all the constestants wore identical black robes and face veils so that no features wre visible. They were introduced as 'Miss Iran', 'Miss Saudi Arabia' and so on. Such a sketch would not now be allowed on UK television.