The Storm over the Shah

When Mexico will not take him back, a painful search for asylum begins

From its earliest beginnings, the U.S. has been a haven for refugees. But never has the country paid a higher price for this tradition than it has for allowing in the deposed Shah Mohammed Reza Pahlavi for treatment of his gallstones and cancer. For nearly a month, 50 Americans have been held hostage in Tehran under threat of execution by the revolutionary regime of the Ayatullah Ruhollah Khomeini, who demands the Shah's return.

The confrontation between President Carter and the fanatical Imam has caused a...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!