World: A Case of Warring Perceptions

Some voices, pro-and anti-Shah, in Iran's internal debate

The Tehran regime's TV and radio has appealed to Iranians not to allow their country to be turned into another "grim and miserable" Lebanon. But unlike Lebanon, riven by deep religious differences, Iran is a nation of 34 million people who are more or less homogeneous and overwhelmingly (98%) Muslim. What divides Iran today is warring perceptions of the Shah and the direction in which he has pushed his oil-rich remnant of the old Persian empire. A cross section of Iranians interviewed by TIME:

Rajab Motamedi, 45, is a shopkeeper in Tehran's central...

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