Letters, Mar. 5, 1979

Khomeini's Iran

To the Editors:

Iran is well rid of the Shah and his imperial trappings, but can it afford Khomeini [Feb. 12] with his illusions of an Islamic republic? Current relief and revelry over the dethroning of an imperial despot could easily turn into despair, frustration and bloodshed under a politically naive religious zealot.

Peter Castellino Oberursel, West Germany

What makes you fear the Islamization of the oilfields? Islam is the faith of pragmatism, mercy and equalization, and does believe in development. An Islamic government in Saudi Arabia allowed the flow of oil to the U.S., despite the U.S. Administration's resistance to a settlement...

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