IRAN: Hard Choices in Tehran

Like his base of support, the Shah's options are narrowing fast

After two weeks of mounting tension, the frightening holy days ended last week—and the Shah still sat upon the Peacock Throne. Tehran was like a city that had survived a siege all but unscathed. Shops and schools were reopening, and office workers were returning to their jobs. Chieftain tanks and Russian-built armored cars, which had been in evidence everywhere, were now out of sight. Soldiers ventured into restaurants and parked their automatic weapons in corners as they ate. Locked in a monumental traffic jam, a Western diplomat sighed: "Things are back to normal...

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