IRAN: Chat and Shah

Thirteen years ago, when tubby, profligate Sultan Ahmad, Shah of Persia, was debauching along the French Riviera French newsorgans came out with the old French proverb: La mdt tous les chats sont gris. This means literally: "At night all cats are grey." A punning interpretation is: "At night all Shahs are drunk. In 1925 Sultan Ahmad Shah was toppled off the throne, and swashbuckling, self-made Reza Shah Pahlavi declared himself the King of Kings. From the outset he pompously made it clear that his country would stomach no further insults of...

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