Shah of Iran and Family
at Their Coronation

January 22, 2020

An On-Line Publication of the Anonymous Anything Society  

PART TWO OF IRAN: Petroleum and Politics

  Last week, we mentioned the election in 1951 of a progressive Prime Minister to head the civil government of Iran.   Mohammad Mosaddegh successfully persuaded the Iranian government to nationalize the entire petroleum resources in their country in order to fund various civic projects intended to benefit the notably impoverished people of Iran,
Allen Dulles
instead of investors in British and American Oil companies that were operating lucrative, growing extraction operations of vast amounts of petroleum there.

   The British and American Secret services were ordered by their respective heads of government to prevent Moseddegh’s plan from succeeding.   They did it by financing a coup that returned Iran from being a western-style democracy to again being led by a monarch.   The cost of buying, coercing and imprisoning office holders’ in the Iranian legislature was great but it succeeded.   The American part of the campaign was led by Allen Dulles, head of the CIA and brother of the Secretary of State in the Eisenhower administration. Soon, U.S. and British petroleum interests were flourishing again in Iran.

   What none of the principals knew at the time was that the handsome young man, the Shah (king), was soon to suffer the throes of terminal cancer.   Before he sought a cure in the USA, his SAVACK secret service imprisoned and brought about the deaths of Mossaddegh and many of his followers.

Ayatollah Khomeini
    None of this escaped the attention of the religious leaders of Iran, the Muslim clerics (Ayatollahs) who took control of Iran and continue to do so even as I write this.

   Next, we ought to review the long hostage situation, President Carter’s failed rescue attempt, the great Iranian/Contra arms deal and the rise of Iranian military ops throughout the region.

    Finally, we hope to reiterate the danger posed by the determination of the Ayatollahs to have ICBM’s with nuclear warheads.

I remember a song from the darkest days of America’s horrible misadventure in southeast Asia:  “It’s time to give peace a chance.”

“Those who disregard history are doomed to repeat it. “- Philosopher George Santayana.

  -Phil Richardson, Storyteller and Observer of the Human Condition.


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