IRAN: The Shah's Gamble

THE gleaming white Vickers Viscount had taken off in bright moonlight from Teheran. Now, some ten hours later, escorted by a squadron of Italian jet fighters, it touched down on Rome's Ciampino airport. Wearing a blue air marshal's uniform with gold pilot's wings.

Mohammed Reza Pahlevi, the handsome, greying Shah of Iran, stepped from the plane one day last week, exchanged greetings with Italy's President Giovanni Gronchi, Premier Amintore Fanfani and six Cabinet ministers.

A small cluster of Iranian citizens resident in Italy set up a shout of "Zendibad Shahanshah [Long live the King of Kings]!" The Shah made a the brief...

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