Hossein Amir Sadeghi, son of the Shah’s exclusive driver

For more than a week, diplomats and journalists have been attempting to learn when Shah Mohammed Riza Pahlevi would leave, where he intended to go and whether he hoped to return. Their inquiries have reminded them why the Iranians have been known for centuries as masters of intrigue, of plot and counterplot, of ambiguity and paradox, of deceit and deception.