IRAN: Shock Treatment

IRAN Shock Treatment And lo! The phantom caravan has reach'd the nothing it set out from. —Omar Khayyam

Teheran's "informed public," the students and the intellectuals, the swarming bureaucracy, the editors and the tea-shop sages, were feeling depressed. It was not the heat: one could always take a bus to the cool foothills of the Elburz Mountains, or sit beside a pool in a garden nightclub and watch the moon glide across the sky. It was not business: apart from the standstill import trade, business was fair. It was not politics, the...

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