When we met in a west London hotel not far from the notorious Iranian embassy, Bergman pointed out: â€œThe BBC gave free hours of free broadcast to Khomeini from Paris. It is unbelievable. Every time there is a person who is fighting â€˜royalâ€™ forces, in the sense of their being autocratic, the BBC gives them a free hand and carte blanche, without trying to understand what their views are.
The European Left, he says, have always fallen for any group that is anti-monarchy without understanding their true ideology. The BBC did not realise Khomeneiâ€™s true nature, and nor did the socialists and Communists who sided with him.
No prizes for guessing, incidentally, what happened to Iranian Marxists.
The Left and the media (but I repeat myself) have had a long and sordid love affair with nasty elements around the world. I’m sure this example doesn’t surprise anyone.
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