It was a clever Soviet Marxist agenda to justify intervention in Iran. The Shah believed that he was mandated with the task of bringing Iran into the modern age and creating a humane environment for all Iranians including women. Opportunities for women were apparent. Women could choose to work and to study at the University, to drive automobiles, to dress like western women and have the kind of universal respect as western women had. The economy was also improving, thanks in part to US cooperation, Iranian oil and the foreign investments in Iran. In General the quality of life was improving and a sentiment of accomplishment was settling among the people across the nation. In the northwest corner of Iran a corridor through Azerbaijan leads to Russia. Heavy Soviet troops refused to vacate the area. The friendly US relations with Iran was seen by the Soviets as a major geostrategic threat. It was the height of the Cold War. The spread of capitalism in Iran further threatened Soviet ideology.
President Richard Nixon and Reza Shah Pahlavi in Iran are depicted at the Left. Nixon was endowed with an understanding of foreign affairs. Nixon recognized that the value of the Shah and Iran to the free world stability could hardly be overstated. The unfortunate consequences of the demise of the Shah by President Jimmy Carter, is altogether obvious in the postmodern world.
The magnitude of the opposition to Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt is illustrated in the photos below. The numbers of protestors are huge.