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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,
instead of investors in British and American Oil companies that were
operating lucrative, growing extraction operations of vast amounts of
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.
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
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