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PostRE: IRAN: Khomeini vs. Pahlavi (Christopher Jones, France) (John Eipper, USA, 02/20/06 7:02 am)
When Khomeibi returned in triumph to Iran in a jumbo jet, he took Christopher Jones with him, I asked who paid for the jumbo jet. Christopher replies:The jumbo was chartered by some mysterious, and very wealthy Iranian businessmen who had broken with the Shah. My suspicion: this was the kiss of death for the imperial regime. I saw some of these guys when they showed up in Neauphle le chateau all decked out in Harrod's hats, and Savile row attire. The Air France crew was all volunteer because there was a serious threat that the Iranian air force, on orders of the Shah would blow the plane up. What seems certain is that the Shah was so sick that he couldn't come to grips with the fact that a) the Americans were out to dump him, and b) he had completely lost touch with his people. The passage of time tends to erase the incredible corruption and ostentation of the Niavaran palace; the ettiquette was overbearing, while the shah spent hours staring into space. Michael Blumenthal was right when he said that he had met with a zombie. Despite Nushin Namazi's Pahlevipropaganda, it was well known that Mrs Shah (Farah Diba) had her own circle that was quietly trying to get the Shah out of Iran, and install a regency in favor of the young crown prince under her regency. During their Mexican exile, she actually left him for a short moment but returned. Reportedly, only in 1979 she learned of the existence of Khomeini, asking "Who is this Khomeini?" As Heikal points out in his book, the same question could have been posed in another form by Marie Antoinette.
>From: Ronald Hilton
>Subject: RE: IRAN: Khomeini vs. Pahlavi (Christopher Jones, France)
>Date: Sat, 18 Feb 2006 13:59:31 -0800
>Christopher Jones wrutes: For Nushin Namazi's information, I interviewed >the Imam many times, as well as every member of his entourage, including >his son Ahmed -- I saw Mrs Mrs Khomeini several times, although I never >spoke with her. The Imam, Ibrahim Yazdi and Sadeq Ghotbzadeh invited me >to return to Tehran aboard the Air France jumbo. Previously, I had the >dubious experience of working for Iranian television (under the Shah) and >in particular under a Qajar prince, Djavad Alamir Djavalu which was VERY >instructive. Mr Alamir insisted that his employees visit Iran and we paid >some benefits into the Shah's social state welfare plan which are -- gone >with the wind.
>If Nushin thinks her Shah was so frugal and circumspect with money, could >she please explain why he had three new imperial crowns commissioned from >Cartiers for his so called autocoronation? Weren't the jewels in the >Imperial treasury enough for him? (For WAISers info, the Iranian treasury >holds one of the world's great treasures, the Takht i Taos or solid gold >Peacock Throne.) I could go on, but I have a feeling like I am speaking >to the wall. RH: Your recollections of Iran would interest WAISdom. How >could Khomeini afford an Air France Jumbo trip. or was that a diplomatic >present from the French government?
>Christopher Jones sends this footnote: I have to warn Nushin Namazi that >she has just made herself into a Holocaust Denier, according to the UN >resolution that stipulates that it must be accepted as it is presented and >in no part can be questioned. The numbers [of victims] are NOT >irrelevant. RH: Can someone provide us with the text of this resolution?
>Plan to attend the WAIS conference on "Critical World Issues " at Stanford >July 31-August 1, 2006. It will be a rare opportunity to meet other >WAISers. Tell interested friends.
Plan to attend the WAIS conference on "Critical World Issues " at Stanford July 31-August 1, 2006. It will be a rare opportunity to meet other WAISers. Tell interested friends.
Ronald Hilton, Editor, 2006