Persian Voices: Afraid of The Shah

He has created an atmosphere of uncertainty and fear. The Cabinet is afraid of the Majles (parliament); the Majles is afraid of the army; and all are afraid of the [Reza] Shah.

 

The Iron Fist of Reza Shah

 

Editor’s Note: A British diplomat in Iran reported in 1926 that Reza Shah appeared to be working towards a military autocracy. By the end of the shah’s reign, he had purged Iran of many of the constitutionalists he had started out with until his authoritarianism began to drive his paranoia of an internal coup. He abdicated the throne during WWII under western pressure and a second constitutional period was ushered in between 1941 and 1953 which brought about renewed vigor towards communism and militant Islam.