(Jumping from one frying pan straight into another.)
With the elections in Iran less than two days away, I remembered 2009 marked the 30th anniversary of the overthrow of the Shah and the ushering in of the Ayatollah - going from one repressive regime to another in a matter of months.
And in 2009 there is talk of an ouster of the fundamentalist regime of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, a swing towards moderation and an unprecedented youth vote, probably too young to remember those days in 1979.
Word on the streets in Tehran is moderation and reform - women having an equal say in government, doing away with the repressive restrictions. Losing the stranglehold the fundamentalists have had these past 30 years.
But it's interesting to look back during those first 3 months of the overthrow (January to March 1979) to hear what was unfolding. News reports and speculations and finally an interview via Face The Nation with the Ayatollah Khomeni.
A quick look back. Later on in the year it would mean American hostages - and we'll cover that in the coming months.
News of the day for January 12, 1980 - Hostage Drama in Tehran enters Week 11. UN vote on Sanctions against Iran is postponed, due to hint Iran may soften demands on US. Crackdown on opposition in Iran with mass execution of supporters of Ayatollah Shariatmadari in Tabriz. Canada hints at willingness to offer Montreal Olympic site as alternative to Moscow. Rhodesia readies for first legitimate Majority Rule elections. Relations between Rhodesia and Mozambique improve. Illinois legislature approves financial bailout for bankrupt Chicago schools and Ted Kennedy is reported to be running 25 points behind Carter in upcoming Iowa Caucuses. Read more...
News of the day for January 27, 1979 - Nelson Rockefeller dies of a heart attack at 70, Iran protests continue, The Pope visits Mexico and the world, for all intents and purposes, keeps wildly spinning. Read more...