Iran: Proud as a Peacock

After miraculously surviving an attempted assassination by machine gun two years ago, Iran's Mohammed Reza Shah Pahlevi said gratefully: "Allah saved my country again." It was not an idle boast. Among modern monarchs, the Shah, 47, is a pace-setting social reformer without whom Iran would long ago have turned to chaos. The trouble is that the Shah tempts Allah quite a bit. He zooms through the streets of Teheran at high speeds in his Ferrari—while police see to it that the traffic lights go green along his route. He loves to fly...

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