March 16, 2001
Shah was French
I liked your article "Shah
or president?" Your opinion about certain facts is logically sound.
But, in practice and real life scenario a wonderfully sounding philosophy
sometimes cannot be implemented into the social structure of a society
due to some basic observations that is in conflict with human nature.
Or, environmentally, certain issues must first become habits before they
are used purposefully.
Democracy is a learned behavior. You must grow up learning from the
small society of the household how to come into consensus with your immediate
family members. We, historically, have experienced dictatorships under
both the Shah's regime and off course in the recent decades this phenomenon
has been intensely exercised.
After the revolution when I started reading more about the social decay
of the Iranian society and its key players, starting from the Shah, I realized
that the Shah was more of a French fellow than an Iranian.. I don't think
he really knew who the Iranian people were. The book byWilliam Shawcross,
"The Shah's Last Ride" speaks of that phenomenon.