42 years ago today

Flag of Iran; public domain image

Are you old enough to remember this?

If you are, then you know the return of Imam Khomeini to Iran was a seminal moment for the Middle East and beyond.

In the short term, it affirmed the political upheaval in the country, which had seen the U.S.-supported Shah flee for his safety. In the long term, it established hostile relations between Iran and the U.S., with the latter determined to stick to oil as manifest destiny.

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