World: Washington's Caviar Coup

Iran's opulent embassy on Massachusetts Avenue in Washington has long been famous, perhaps even notorious, as a dazzling showcase for the Shah's vision of the good life.

There the beautiful people would gather to devour gossip and caviar, sip Dom Perignon and dance until dawn under the indulgent stewardship of the Shah's trusted adviser and former son-in-law, Ambassador Ardeshir Zahedi. Last week this stately pleasure dome had turned into a microcosm of the political chaos back home.

Shortly after Zahedi left Washington to escort the Shah's children to their parents' refuge in Morocco, the...

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