Nation: The Old Rules Don't Apply

Embattled diplomats and fleeing rulers of the past

No matter what the Iranians say, there is ample historical precedent for the U.S. to give sanctuary to the Shah, even on a temporary basis. Largely because of the vagaries of extradition treaties, which vary from country to country,* even the most hated of deposed rulers has usually managed to find a safe haven somewhere in the world. Egypt's decadent King Farouk luxuriated in Italy after his deposition by the army in 1952. Argentina's Dictator Juan Perón was a resident of Spain between 1960 and 1973,...

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