That political life is full of surprises may be an old adage.
However, there are times when something so unexpected happens that one has to look beyond surprise to understand it.
One such event concerns the new campaign to portray Iran as an anti-Semite nation and the founder of the Pahlavi Dynasty, Reza Shah, as disciple of Adolf Hitler.
Trying to justify their anti-Semitism, expressed through an anti-Israel rhetoric, the mullahs claim that they are continuing an old national tradition. To back that claim they trace their policy to Reza Shah, the man who founded the Pahlavi Dynasty and considered by many Iranians as the leader who halted centuries of decline.
In the popular uprisings of last January one frequent slogan was “Reza Shah! Blessed be Your Soul!”