Iran: Unholy Alliance

Progress-minded Iranians—foremost among them the Shah—have long tried to modernize and Westernize Iran. These efforts are resisted by both the Communists and fanatical Moslems. The Shah himself last week described this as "an unholy alliance between two extremist wings, black reactionaries and unpatriotic, destructive Reds."

While there is little evidence of a formal alliance between the two forces, they certainly play into each other's hands. If anything, the Iranian Reds have been quiescent lately, while Moscow was wooing Teheran through diplomacy. But there has been increased activity by Moslem fanatics, who are particularly opposed to the Shah's selling mosque-owned estates...

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