Iran: Tilt to Moscow

Trampling on Old Glory

The anti-American demonstration had been meticulously orchestrated. On the third anniversary of the downfall of Shah Mohammed Reza Palahvi, about 30,000 Iranians converged on Tehran's Azadi (Freedom) Square shouting imprecations against the U.S. At the same time, units of Islamic Guards and militia marched upon outsized American flags that had been laid along their route. Then, as the televised parade approached the dignitaries who had assembled in the square, a Soviet flag was mysteriously thrown down in front of the marchers. Before the troops could be halted and...

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