IRAN: Now It Is Up to the Shah

Will his departure alleviate a winter of discontent?

The first heavy snows of winter began falling across Iran last week, blanketing once bustling boulevards and the country's strike-bound industrial centers. For a time, even Tehran fell silent, though at least 30 people were killed and more than 120 wounded in clashes in other cities. Iran's revolution was far from over, fueled still by the fact that the Shah had not yet left the country.

Despite the Shah's earlier pledge to Prime Minister Shahpour Bakhtiar, 62, head of the nation's new civilian government, that he would take a "holiday" outside the country, the...

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