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Reader comment on item: The Silver Lining of Obama's Weak America
in response to reader comment: The Shah's Failings

Submitted by Debanjan Banerjee (Australia), Nov 28, 2013 at 22:19

The Shah denied the people of Iran the freedom to practice their Shia beliefs as they thought they should.

My Answer : On the contrary. In fact the Shia clergy were firmly behind the Shah of Iran throughout the time period.

The Shah had allowed women to leave their homes, dress like Western women, and hold jobs.

My Answer : He did not. Shah was a conservative Muslim ruler by all accounts. Throughout his reign most people could not even afford to eat regularly and do you think they would be able to provide education for their girls ?

I believe women held most of the professional jobs and that was intolerable in the minds of the Mad Mollos.

My Answer : What is the source of your beliefs ? Can you please tell me ? As I have mentioned most of the Shia clergy was on the side of Shah throughout his reign. The Islamic revolution had nothing to do with Shia but eveyrhting to do with the economic issues.

You need to figure out what kind of world you want. Upon independence

My Answer : Same goes for the USA. Upon independence , the Founding Fathers decided to keep their slaves , contiuued to slaughter the native Americans and keep the Women as tools for producng babies. In fact not before the industrial revolution in the early 20-th century , women in the US did get the vote. The Iranian revolutionaries straightway offered women voting rights and free education that is why Iran produces more female graduates than male graduates.

So I believe compared to the American revolution , Islamic revolution was an astounding success story.


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