Slavery for Britain

Mohammad Reza Shah's humiliating dependence on Britain

I narrate an anecdote of a person affiliated with the regime of Muhammad Reza Pahlavi, so you can see how humiliating dependence [on foreign powers] can be! On the first days after the downfall of Reza Khan, while a successor had not yet been determined, a man visited the British ambassador in Tehran on behalf of Muhammad-Reza to learn about the decisions to be made on who would inherit the kingdom. The British ambassador to Iran had told him, “Because, according to our information, Muhammad-Reza listens to Radio Berlin and follows up on Germany’s progressions on the map; so we cannot trust him”. The mediator conveyed the ambassador’s message to Muhammad-Reza. Following the meeting, Muhammad-Reza quit the habit of listening to Radio Berlin. Then, the British decided it was okay now and he could be appointed as the king.

Statements in the shrine of Imam Khomeini (r.a.)
June 4, 1995


  • Pahlavi dictatorship
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