The World: Iran: The Show of Shows

SOMETHING out of the Arabian nights" was what Mohammed Reza Pahlevi commanded—and when Iran's Shah of Shahs orders something, he generally gets it. The cost was $100 million, more or less, and the cast included a reigning Emperor (Haile Selassie of Ethiopia), nine Kings, five Queens, 13 Princes, eight Princesses, 16 Presidents, three Premiers, four Vice Presidents, two Governor Generals, two Foreign Ministers, nine sheiks and two sultans. That clearly made last week's shindig in Iran's ancient ceremonial center of Persepolis one of the biggest bashes in all history. Whether it was also...

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