IRAN: Second Thoughts--and Chances

The Shah plots a careful course to keep the peace

Politics and nature combined to batter Iran cruelly last week. In a mountainous farm region in eastern Iran, the strongest earthquake recorded anywhere in 1978 reduced villages to what one survivor called "a mound of rubble, bent iron beams and dirt." At least 9,000 were feared dead in the quake, which measured 7.7 on the Richter scale and was centered near the town of Tabas.

Even before the quake struck, mourners were a common sight as families buried the victims killed two weeks ago during protests against the regime of Shah Mohammed...

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