Opinion 'Hold on to Power': Iran's Ayatollahs Are Channeling the Shah's Strategy to Repress Protests

Modern Iranian history shows that insurrection and rebellion results not in regime moderation, but extremism. The Iranian protests are likely to lead Iran not to become more free - but to become even more of a police state

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In 1973, the Shah of Iran, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, told the journalist Oriana Fallaci that "[t]o get things done, one needs power, and to hold onto power one mustn’t ask anyone’s permission or advice."