This most recent selection is Andrew Scott Cooper’s The Fall of Heaven.
It’s all about the Islamist take down of Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi in 1979.
An informative read for those not alive at the time and for those who can relive those days through a prism not available then.
The shah’s downfall and replacement with a radical, fundamentalist, Islamist theocracy was the first domino to fall in the ongoing clash of cultures knocking into dominoes around us now.
The three takeaways are in no articular order are;
- The Shah, according to Cooper was very reluctant to crack down harshly on the nascent uprising when it could have been nipped in the bud before the Islamists took it over. This may have sugar-coated the Shah’s role as I remember meeting Iranian refugees in the late 70s who fled from Savak, the Shah’s secret police.
- The Americas, i.e. the Carter Administration and ambassador Sullivan were inept, incompetent, incapable and ignorant when it came to understanding Persian culture, the events unfolding and what America’s interests actually were.
- The duplicity and deception on the part of Khomeini and his ilk in achieving their goal. The organizational methods, strategies and tactics were similar to what is being used today to foment Islamic supremacy worldwide.
The big lesson here is that our leaders are not immune from stupidity and can be easily outmaneuvered by believing those with a proven track record of untrustworthy behavior.
Mr. Trump please read this book.