Iran: The Reformer's Lot

During the 14 months that Ali Amini was Premier of Iran, he cut inflation, introduced sweeping land reforms, battled corruption. But one thing Amini could not do was balance the budget. Last week, faced by a deficit of at least $85 million, he sorrowfully turned in his resignation to the Shah. Amini at first blamed lack of U.S. aid for his downfall; he has long felt that Washington is more generous to neutralists, particularly Egypt, than to its Iranian ally. Next day Amini withdrew the accusation.

For years the U.S. had solved Iran's...

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