The Shah seems a remarkably intelligent and perceptive man. Shame they got rid of him.Eerily prophetic.
He was extremely honest, that's always amazed me about his interviews. Even when it would be very much to his advantage to say what everyone wants to hear the Shah still told the truth. Every time I see him and hear him my opinion of him grows ever higher. That is something I have never been able to say about any politician at all -even the ones I like better than others.
The Shah's eyes flinched when the interviewer asked if he had something against the poor of England, which was a cheap shot question. The fact that he flinched revealed that the Shah was repulsed by such a notion. His response to the interviewer's cheap shot was on the mark. How I miss the Shah of Iran. If we had helped him - we would NOT be in the mess we are now.
True, and as usual his answer was realistic and honest. He held no anger against Britain for looking out for her own interests and did not see any reason they should hold anger on him for looking after Iran's interests. That's economics, that's business. It is also worth noting that when the Shah gave interviews he set no conditions, nothing was off limits, he would answer any question no matter how 'delicate' the subject might be.
And I like how he basically tells the interviewer that the "story of history" doesn't always apply. Pity he was never allowed the chance to prove his statement.