I told one of the gentlemen there that there was one more thing that I should have told him [Imam Khomeini]. He came to the door and I went to him. When I told him what the woman had said, his face was twisted with sorrow and his eyes got tearful.
I felt regretful about what I had said. That was really strange. A great many of our youth had been martyred and that was no joke. 72 of our most prominent revolutionary figures were sacrificed, but he [Imam Khomeini] did not even turn a hair - he appeared as if nothing had happened. But he got tearful at the news of the martyrdom of a POW.
I could not understand what that reaction meant. You never know how to describe his personality.
(Related by the Leader on May 22, 1990 )