IRAN: Waiting for the Ayatullah

As the national euphoria ends, the military begins to show its muscle

The joyous mood that overtook Iran after the Shah fled the country was all but over. Last week Iran faced new violence, new tests of wills, new forebodings about an uncertain future that might involve chaos, coups, civil war. Without much visible success, the government of the Shah's appointee, Prime Minister Shahpour Bakhtiar, struggled for both popularity and credibility. Led by generals fiercely loyal to the Shah, the army stayed on the alert, clashing sporadically with opponents of the monarch....

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