Chapter

“Melting Like Snow”

Gholam R. Afkhami

in The Life and Times of the Shah

Published by University of California Press

Published in print December 2009 | ISBN: 9780520253285
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520942165 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520253285.003.0022
“Melting Like Snow”

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By mid-November 1978, most experts at the U. S. Department of State had come to believe that the United States should be bracing for a post-shah Iran. The Iranian generals' view of their relationship with the United States military was shaped by two agreements: one which gave the United States the right to make sure that the highly secret and classified parts of the weapons systems it sold Iran would not fall into unfriendly hands; the other, the 1959 bilateral treaty, which obligated the United States to protect Iran's national independence and territorial integrity against any external or internal communist threat. All this, however, had to be mediated through the shah, whose behavior toward the armed forces palpably changed during his last weeks in Iran. The shah left Iran on 16 January 1979.

Keywords: U. S. Department of State; United States; bilateral treaty; Iran; weapon systems; Iranian generals

Chapter.  11270 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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