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The fall of the Shah of Iran is undoubtedly one of the major political events in modern history Arguably the last powerful remaining autocracy and one of the worlds leading suppliers of oil as well as a strong ally of the United States for several decades the shah lost his throne in 1979 as his authority began to crumble in the preceding years The downfall of the Shah was more than just and of an era it shook the foundations of the geo-political landscape for years to come In short order as Ayotola Khomeini seized control Iran was transformed from an American ally to a worldwide controversy The hostage crisis and the failed rescue attempt the Iran-Iraq war that spanned nearly a decade and Contra-Iran affair were only a handful of chaotic controversies that the post-shah era in Iran has become known for But could these events have been prevented If the Shahs handled business differently and acted more decisively could the he have saved his dynasty Moreover having a longstanding relationship with the Shah the United States strategy during the crises was pedestrian at best Could the United States have done more It is well documented that the Shahs illness became detrimental to his ability to rule and if the United States was aware of the Shahs affliction would they have acted more compassionately The US through three decades was a key player in Iranian politics and through their involvement it could be argued that they bear some responsibility for the fate of the Shah In short it is difficult to point to the perpetrator of the Shahs downfall and the Iranian revolution In this paper I will attempt to assess the downfall of the Shah and ultimately look into political mishaps on the parts of the Shah and the US that perpetrated the end of the Pahlavi dynasty
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