While doing the new reading on the Iranian revolution, I realized that though this is an incredibly modern and unique revolution compared to the one’s we’ve studied so far, it still have many similarities. The one that jumped out to me the most however, was how the hate of the nation seemed to rest upon the shah’s head. If the shah was a bad ruler (which he was) the nation seemed doomed. Despite many liberal and progressive leaders coming into power that might have actually done some good for the country, the shah always found a way to get them out of power. He was obsessed with being flattered and having the most advanced army, and paid little attention to the impoverished people who lived within his own country. These attributes remind me of rulers from past revolutions we have studied, for example King Louis. He lived extravagantly, and was said to be out of touch with his people and their needs. It just goes to show that the integrity of a ruler in a government that is not democratic is essential to its success.