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How Times Have Changed: Iran In The 60’s And 70’s (20 Pics)

October 4, 2012 | 41 Comments » | Topics: main

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  • RaRa

    This will be when the US was propping up a deeply unpopular and sadistic despot.

    • Clint Falk

      And who brutally hung over 3000 political prisoners in three days? Hint: it wasn’t the Shah.

      • antfreire

        The Sha would kill 3000 political prisoners because he was an imperailistc murderer. but when the Ayatolah does then it it is Allah’s will.

        • http://www.facebook.com/people/Andeyaba-Ezekiel/529536404 Andeyaba Ezekiel

          Haha!

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1166770036 Christophe Heirman

          allah and any god my ass … go back to your “goddamn” book of toilet paper.

          • tevra

            oh how very clever – insult the holy book of millions because it isn’t the one you believe in. It is no more toilet paper than your beloved bible smart ass

        • Steve Borchard

          Allah says your a tool.

      • http://www.facebook.com/russell.gitlitz Russell Gitlitz

        HA..the shahs torture chambers held well over 3 thousand…remember,an education keeps you from looking stupid when you speak

        • James Joseph Parker

          According to Iranian political historian Ervand Abrahamian: SAVAK (and other police and military) killed 368 guerrillas including the leadership of the major urban guerrilla organizations (Organization of Iranian People’s Fedai Guerrillas, People’s Mujahedin of Iran) such as Hamid Ashraf between 1971–1977 and executed something less than 100 political prisoners between 1971 and 1979 – the most violent era of the SAVAK’s existence.

          http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SAVAK

          “…an education keeps you from looking stupid when you speak”

    • Guest

      “… a sovereign may not save his throne by shedding his compatriots’
      blood. A dictator can, because he acts, because he acts in the name of
      an ideology which he believes must triumph whatever the price. But a
      sovereign is not a dictator. There is an alliance between him and his people which he cannot break.”

      There were 3,000 – perhaps 4,000 – extrajudicial killings in Iran between
      1945 and 1979. The revolution killed more in its first year, and the
      killings culminated in the mass execution of approximately 30,000 in
      1988.n

      You obviously know little to nothing of the Shah, the power struggle with Mossadegh (his illegal usurpation of certain powers reserved to the monarch by the constitution of 1906) or the incredibly overblown role of Kim Roosevelt (CIA) in the “coup” of 1953. Mossadegh blundered, alientated the ulema, and never had the support of the army. He had the support of the urban poor, the
      academics, the marxists, and some peasant farmers. The bazaaris (merchant class) didn’t trust him. Roosevelt spent less than 10% of the cash he took to Tehran. He bribed a few fence-sitters and payed some peasant supporters of the Shah to show up and protest, as they could not afford to NOT work.

    • James Joseph Parker

      “… a sovereign may not save his throne by shedding his compatriots’
      blood. A dictator can, because he acts, because he acts in the name of
      an ideology which he believes must triumph whatever the price. But a
      sovereign is not a dictator. There is an alliance between him and his people which he cannot break.” – Mohammed Reza Shah Pahlavi, 1980

      There were 3,000 – perhaps 4,000 – extrajudicial killings in Iran between
      1945 and 1979. The revolution killed more in its first year, and the
      killings culminated in the mass execution of approximately 30,000 in
      1988.n

      You obviously know little to nothing of the Shah, the power struggle
      with Mossadegh (his illegal usurpation of certain powers reserved to the
      monarch by the constitution of 1906) or the incredibly overblown role
      of Kim Roosevelt (CIA) in the “coup” of 1953. Mossadegh blundered,
      alientated the ulema, and never had the support of the army. He had the
      support of the urban poor, the academics, the marxists, and some peasant farmers. The bazaaris (merchant class) didn’t trust him. Roosevelt spent less than 10% of the cash he took to Tehran. He bribed a few fence-sitters and payed some peasant supporters of the Shah to show up and protest, as they could not afford to NOT work.

      • tevra

        Mossadegh?
        you mean the popular Prime Minister who was the victim of a CIA coup.

        the only people he alienated were the British and their petroleum company which he wanted to get back for his own nation and the CIA which were lapdogs for MI5.

        Mossadegh was not particularly popular with the Shah but then he was a friend of the people and had the United States and the Brits not interfered the road could have been a lot smoother.

        The Ugly American with our attitude of entitlement is still alive and well.

        just look at the Indian Assistant Consul General who the Yanks refuse to extend the same priviledges that they expect all of their own diplomats to receive as a matter of course.

        Visit Iran and check the attitude of the people in the street.
        they like the American people as a whole but can not stand our idiotic government that has saddled them with the over bearing, useless, and needless sanctions for so many years.

  • Rost

    It will be like that again once Iran is allowed to prosper – I’m no Theocrat supporter, but Iranian oil was being given away to the West and Khomeni started the Middleast spring no matter what you think of him, he is a revolusionist and anti imperialist(also the minority of Iranians lived like that photo, the majority were poor and had no say in anything)

    • Clint Falk

      Now, they are even poorer.

    • antfreire

      Khomeini also got Iran in a stupid war with Hussein that costed Iran a generation of it’s youth.

      • admir

        it was saddam who started the war. khomeini was defending it for 2 years, and the remaining 6 years he was trying to liberate the iraqis from saddam

        • aarky

          and the US sided with Iraq and helped the slaughter.

    • jm323

      “….Iranian oil was being given away to the West…”
      The British developed those oil fields! Without Western science and technology of the time, Iranians wouldn’t have known how to get it out of the ground or even what it was good for!
      As for the “majority”, they were ignorant savages who threw their support to Khomeini.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=575547750 Alessio Sa

    Guess who distroyed this nation and left it in hands of a secular dictator !

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100005367935194 Stan Smith

    Iranian women are very beautiful. It’s ashamed that they are so thought as property and not beautiful and independent.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001844304426 Frits Warner

    If this is Iran today, then let’s treasure the change for
    women that has taken place and leave them to it.

    • tevra

      always a mistake to combine the political and religious leaders in one position.
      that was true during the Crusades and the Holy Roman Empire just as it is true now

  • walter

    When independent people are pressed too hard they react with vengeance. Iranian people wanted to get the western fang off their back. In the process they only had the religious institution to coalesce around. Unfortunately women lost ground in the process. This was the biggest price to pay for sovereignty.

  • antfreire

    Had Iran would be a total Democracy today people would blame USA for imposign that system on them. Since they went back to the XV century why not blaming USA for allowing them to do that?

  • David Tatom

    funny the great past of the middle east was before islam. Remember at the time of the great Egypt islam did not exist at all. islam was after Christianity please study history. Iran gave us great religions before islam and a wonderful culture, it is a pity that islam destroyed it as it has so many middles eastern cultures.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Andeyaba-Ezekiel/529536404 Andeyaba Ezekiel

    Today Iranians miss this!

  • http://www.facebook.com/todd.r.hill1 Todd R. Hill

    What i find funny, is that everybody falls to the side of condemning America for What happened in Iran, or blaming Islam for the decline of everything from women’s rights to homosexual freedom of expression. That’s not the funny part. This is. Not one of you has mentioned that what happened in Iran could have happened anywhere, fueled by any religious group of people who felt oppressed by powerful people with unlimited financial resources who are morally bankrupt. If American conservatives are pushed too far, it is not impossible that what happened in Iran could happen here. But if it does, will we see it as the radical rejection of everything that has offended our values as of recent, or will it simply be written off as a series of riots started by a bunch of right-wing Christian Fanatics. Islam and Christianity do not oppress people, they are unable, in and off themselves, to prevent you or I from doing anything. Muslims and Christians oppress everyone. They just use different methods of coercion. So you can blame the Shah, Khomeini and even Jimmy Carter, but it is useless. Millions of Iranians were behind this, and this is what they wanted. We have no right to insist that they have our government. This is as ridiculous as blaming Hitler for the murder of 7 million Jews. He didn’t do it. Other Nazis did it. He was not the only Nazi, he was the leader of the Nazi Party. He didn’t do it alone. Khomeini did not do it alone. He was an old man close to shuffling off his mortal coil. Osama Bin Laden didn’t do it alone. He was a broken down old man on dialysis. You and I see pictures of people living lives of freedom and liberty. A Muslim sees women who are inappropriately dressed, and men who are inappropriately accepting this moral decline. It is a difference in perspective.

    Now if we can accept that we can disagree on some things without you trying to blow me up and failing, and me successfully committing mass-murder from the sky on a group of barely armed civilians…we might have a future.

    Otherwise, I’m sorry, but I’ve done the math. The Muslims lose. We’ve been down this road before. Or did we forget the history of the Crusades and figures in history like El Cid? It won’t go well. learn from history…or be doomed to repeat it.

    • tevra

      the Crusade where the Christians ran rampant in the middle east and also plundered the Eastern Roman Empire also robbing the Orthodox Churches and raping the nuns. Don’t forget the so called Children’s Crusade when thousands of children were sold into slavery, mostly to the Muslims but many on the coast right there where they were supposedly going to join the nonexistent crusade.
      the fate of the girl children is unthinkable even now.

      I don’t see where the Christians have any moral high ground to stand on. When you bring up the Crusades the Christians lose a LOT of points.
      and El Cid was a traitor to a Muslim leader …… you learn your history before you try and use it for your cause and it bites you on the behind

  • http://www.facebook.com/7aseeb.rahman Haseeb Rahman

    Western countries and christian peoples would probably like to see women walking naked

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1166770036 Christophe Heirman

      actually western countries and the christian/catholics do not even promote that, we allow people to develope themself in to what they are instead of enforcing things they do not want to do and steal their right while being under the pressure of jailtime, chance to be murdered or even raped/tortured ….

  • http://www.facebook.com/7aseeb.rahman Haseeb Rahman

    In these condition of a society women would only be valued for their body, means women have no respect in this kind of society. But Islam Teaches humans to Respect Women not cause of their Body, but because of their Personality and Mentality.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1166770036 Christophe Heirman

      you actually believe that huh? thats why there are allot of woman who gets their ears, nose, hand and so on cut off just becouse they refuse to listen to what a man says even if they do not know that man. in the islam its the man that rules all and its where the woman has to follow the man blindly without question.

      it does not mean that if a female does not cover herself with a bedsheet that she is a whore … if you honestly think that then why don’t you go back to the stone age, … oh wait the islam has no stone age …

    • Steve Borchard

      Which is why they are stoned to death when they get raped.

  • zarka

    they are still the same trust me ..

  • Tee

    I think Christians & Muslims focus has been directed toward things that benifit governments & the rich. They love it when we pick sides. I hope someday we all over come the distractions the powerful use against us. I hope we all find how beautiful we all are & find true peace with no war & no hate. Only peace,kindness,respect, and happiness for all people, from all people. Dont be fooled by false flags used to ignite your anger. Be slow to anger. Always ask yourself who makes money from this event. Then you find the truth

  • karlovci

    Seemed a cool place. Iran managed somehow moving backwards in time..

  • malcolm

    Shah or Khomeiny it don’t make a difference if the people of Iran want the way of life they had before the revolution then they have to fight for it nothing comes easy, in any case they won’t suffer much because they are at the present suffering under a regime which does not care a damn for them.

  • mehrad

    please tell me which one of you philosophers live or lived or even traveled to iran ?you have no idea of living here.your judgements comes from some photoes.i am an iranian.if you want to talk about iran and our life you can tell me.

    • tevra

      I apologize for the ignorance of most of my fellow Americans, they make it clear that they know nothing about Islam or Iran or especially the great culture and people of Iran.

  • damnpersian

    damn.i live in this fukin country.i was born in 1984.after revolution.you cant even imagine such a disaster happened here and what the fukin future we wil.sorry for my bad eng

  • Mustafah

    Obama acts in support of an ideology, whose implementation trumps everything else in America, jobs, debt, the Constitution, The Bill of Rights. All must be discarded in favor of his liberal, progressive, communist ideology. OMG, are we ever in trouble.


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