Chapter

Trek to Nowhere

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/9780520253285.003.0023
Trek to Nowhere

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The shah's decision to leave was hard on his friends and supporters, many of whom believed at the time that if the shah remained, Khomeini would not return to Iran. The decision disheartened the armed forces and the royal family. He left the country with Bakhtiar as the prime minister. The decision disheartened the armed forces. The shah planned to go to the United States after visiting with President Sadat, in Aswan, Egypt. On 17 January, the BBC quoted Khomeini as declaring the shah's belongings nationalized and charging the future Islamic government to retrieve and return them to the Iranian people. On 1 February 1979, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini returned to Iran, apparently in a stoic mood. Later, Bakhtiar's fall and the army's declaration of neutrality essentially transformed the shah from a monarch to a former king. Khomeini and his regime were no doubt illegitimate usurpers.

Keywords: shah; Prime Minister Bakhtiar; President Sadat; Egypt; Khomeini; Islamic government

Chapter.  9571 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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