FOREIGN DEVELOPMENT: A Plan for the King of Kings

Like many another oriental potentate, the late Reza Pahlevi, Shah-in-Shah (King of Kings) of Persia, combined forthright admiration for Western social and industrial progress with a darkly suspicious opinion of the men who make it. As a result, he brought his 628,000-square-mile empire (about one-fifth the size of the U.S.) some mixed blessings. When the old Shah wanted railroads, for instance, he got railroads—but not always where his foreign advisers thought they would do Persia the most good.

After the old Shah was deposed in 1941, and his son, Mohamed Reza Pahlevi, ascended the throne, things were put on a...

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