A 30 minutes Canadian Report by CBC-TV’s Newsmagazine on Iran’s situation with the departure of the Shah and the establishment of Shapour Bakhtiar’s government.
After more than a year of escalating protests, the Islamic revolution in Iran reaches a prime goal in January 1979: the overthrow of Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi. But the Shah’s exit brings no end to street demonstrations and gas shortages in the capital of Tehran. The new civilian government, headed by Shapour Bakhtiar, has little credibility with anyone in Iran, especially Ayatollah Khomeini, an exiled cleric who fiercely opposes the Shah. This in-depth report from CBC-TV’s Newsmagazine examines the possible outcomes for Iran without the Shah.
NOTE About the “Iran Experts” interviewed:
a) Raji Samghabadi the Over Optimistic Pro Revolutionary Journalist in this footage had a strange fate. He became a Time Magazine Correspondent shortly after the Revolution was arrested and terrorized in an effort to use him to frame Sadegh Ghotbzadeh, former Foreign Minister and a close associate of the Ayatullah Khomeini, as an agent of the CIA. He refused and was subjected to a mock execution. He managed to leave Iran later on and joined to work for TIME magazine NY bureau in the US. Here is his story: (TIME, Feb 18th, 1981)
b) Abbas Amirie the fairly moderate commentator and so called advisor to the Shah, who compares the Shah to Hitler, and his Western toxicated policies had published prior to the revolution two volumes of a book highly praising the Shah for his policies to modernize Iran entitled: Iran Under the Pahlavis; Iran in the 1980s which seem to contradict much of his assessments on the Shah’s regime at the time of this interview.