August 31, 2016

The Tent City in the middle of nowhereville called Persepolis was designed by the Parisian interior-design firm Maison Jansen on 160 acres. All in all there were fifty arranged in a star pattern around a central fountain. A whole forest was recreated in the desert with each tree flown in from Versailles and tended by French arborist and horticulturist firm La Champoingne.

Catering services were provided by Maxim’s de Paris, which closed its restaurant for almost two weeks to provide for the glittering celebrations. Legendary hotelier Max Blouet came out of retirement to personally supervise the banquet. Lanvin designed the uniforms of the Imperial Household. 250 red Mercedes-Benz limousines were used to chauffeur guests from the airport and back. Dinnerware was created by Limoges and linen by Porthault.

Nothing since then has ever come to remotely close to the sheer scale and grandeur of the Persepolis celebrations…nothing.


‘The last Shah of Iran was an incredibly sensitive man. He was a romantic and sentimentalist. A cultivated man who appreciated the arts – whose greatest mistake was to put all his chips on the Americans.

He had a great vision to transform Iran from a parochial, insular and backward country steeped in mumbo jumbo into the first world country. During the 1970’s the Shah marched Iran into becoming a dynamic middle-east regional power. The Shah implemented broad economic and social reforms, including enhanced rights for women, and religious and ethnic minorities along with land reforms.

The election of Mr. Carter as president of the United States in 1976, with his vocal emphasis on the importance of human rights in international affairs, was a turning point in US-Iran relations. The Shah of Iran was accused of torturing over 3000 prisoners. Under the banner of promoting human rights, Carter made excessive and impossible and childish demands on the Shah, threatening to withhold military and social aid. Carter pressured the Shah to release “political prisoners”, whose ranks included radical fundamentalists, communists and terrorists. Many of these individuals are now among the evil intellectuals we face in the form of ISIS.

The Carter Administration insisted that the Shah disband military tribunals, demanding they be replaced by civil courts. The effect was to allow trials to serve as platforms for anti-government propaganda. Carter pressured Iran to permit “free assembly”, which encouraged and fostered fundamentalist anti-government rallies. The British government and its MI6 intelligence agency also heightened the Shah’s precariousness. The government-controlled BBC presented Iranians with a dossier of twenty hour newscasts detailing the location of all anti-Shah demonstrations and consistent interviews with the exiled outcast Ayatollah Khomeini, making a religious scholar few Iranians knew about into an overnight sensation.

When the Shah was unable to meet the Carter Administration and British demands, the Carter Administration reportedly ordered the Central Intelligence Agency to stop $4 million per year in funding to religious Mullahs who then became outspoken and vehement opponents of the Shah. All these clandestine efforts served only to undermine the Shah’s efforts to defuse the volatile situation in Iran. Confronted with lack of US support and unleashed Mullah fury, the Shah of Iran fled the country.

Subsequent to the Carter Administration’s ill-conceived foreign policy initiative, Iran is now a rouge state. Ayatollah Khomeini’s dictatorship executed the Shah’s prisoners, predominantly communist militants, along with more than 20,000 pro-Western Iranians. Women were sent back into servitude and had to hide behind curtains. Citizens were arrested merely for owning satellite dishes that could tune to Western programs. American diplomats were taken hostage, and the Soviet Union invaded Iran’s eastern neighbor Afghanistan as a result of this chaos, allowing it to secure greater influence in Iran and Pakistan. The struggle against the Soviets in Afghanistan, and the defeat of this invading Superpower with help from the United States under President Reagan gave rise to the radicalization and emergence of Muslim zealots like Osama bin Laden. Moreover, within a year of the Shah’s ouster, Iran on its western flank was locked into the Iran-Iraq War, in which the U.S. sided with secular Iraq and its military dictator Saddam Hussein.

In summary the Shah never stood a chance in hell against a confused, incoherent and schizoperhnic American foreign policy in the Middle East that constantly blew hot and cold and a spineless president who simply didn’t comprehend the importance of Iran’s strategic role along side the complexities of the geo political realities of the region.

Eventually the Shah was forced into exile and during his final days he was humiliated, shunned and treated like a vagabond pariah…this is what happens when one gets too close to America….as Sitting Bull once summed it up succinctly, ‘white man speak with forked tongue.’ There are many many valuable lessons here….my fear the current leaders of Singapore don’t seem very interested to learn from history as they edge closer and closer to America.’

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