Kapuściński: On Revolution VIII

From Ryszard Kapuscinski’s book Shah of Shahs (about the last Shah of Iran):

The Shah’s vanity did him in. He thought of himself as the father of his country, but the country rose against him. He took it to heart and felt it keenly. At any price (unfortunately, even blood) he wanted to restore the former image, cherished for years, of a happy people prostate in gratitude before their benefactor. But he forgot that we are living in times when people demand rights, not grace.

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