Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Iran Celebrates Revolution's 32nd Anniversary

Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Iran Celebrates Revolution's 32nd Anniversary

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Dr. Mostafa Rahmani, director of the Iranian Interests Section in Washington, DC, welcomed guests to a Feb. 10 dinner event at his office to commemorate the "32nd Anniversary of the Victory of the Islamic Revolution in Iran." Because Iran and the U.S. do not have diplomatic relations, Pakistan handles Iranian interests in the U.S., and the Iranian interests section is located a few miles from the Pakistani Embassy.

Dr. Rahmani, who has lived in the United States for more than 30 years, compared Iran's revolution to the upheavals taking place in the Middle East and North Africa today. After decades of subjugation Iranians rose in unison and "broke the chains of the shah's rule," he said. After the shah fled to the U.S. in 1979 the Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini returned from exile to live in a "humble abode" in Iran (in sharp contrast to the shah and other recently deposed leaders). Today nations are "shaping their own destinies and the political aftershocks are reverberating across the Islamic world," Dr. …

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