West Germany: The Shah Was Not Amused

As political satire, the photo-montage in Cologne's Stadt-Anzeiger early last month was both toothless and tasteless. There sat the Shah of Iran hungrily eying a smiling former King Saud of Arabia. Into Saud's hand Austrian Freelance Cartoonist Harald Sattler had drawn a sheaf of banknotes with the Shah saying: "Okay then, make it 30,000 and you can have Farah Diba." Since Farah Diba is the proper Muslim wife of the Shah, and the Shah both a proud ruler and a properly possessive Arab husband, he found the pastiche not only unfunny but insulting.

By coincidence, the...

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