IRAN: The Military Is in Charge

But discontent lingers, despite a show of strength and loyalty

Hundreds of tanks and armored cars thundered through the streets of Tehran last week, as U.S.-made Phantom jets screamed through the skies overhead. In a powerful show of force, the Iranian armed forces rolled out their heaviest armament and their flashiest regiments for the annual armed forces day parade. Traditionally, the festivities are an occasion for full-dress reviews and elegant tea parties for officers and their wives. This time, however, it was a day for showing strength and loyalty to Shah Mohammed...

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