NEWSWATCH by Thomas Griffith: When Seeing Isn't Believing


Were Iranian troops still loyal to the Shah, and would they fire on their own people? When the Shah left, the answers weren't clear. But in Tehran these days, the way to make your point is to demonstrate, preferably in front of cameras. And, so reported the New York Times nervously, about 80 soldiers in gas masks "advanced toward the correspondents, stabbing the air with their bayonets." This press demonstration by the Immortals Brigade of the Imperial Guard was organized by one Amir-Sadeghi, who then said of the Ayatullah Khomeini, "We'll chop him up for dog meat—or maybe use...

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