IRAN: New Troubles and a Plea for Unity

Bazargan tries to consolidate his government's power

In a nationwide television address last week, Prime Minister Mehdi Bazargan appealed to Iranians to put aside "revenge, enmity and malevolence, forget the past and behave like brothers." There was good reason for the Prime Minister's plea: in an especially tense week in Iran, a former military chief of staff was assassinated, righting once again broke out among ethnic separatists, and police disarmed two men in what may well have been an attempt against Bazargan's life. Meanwhile, in an effort to consolidate the powers of...

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