Wednesday, August 19, 2009


Today is Wednesday, 19 August 2009.

On this date in 1953, CIA overthrew Modhammed Mosaddeq, prime minister of the last democratic government in Iran, and reinstalled Reza Pahlavi’s dictatorship. Like his father who preceded him in tyranny, Pahlavi had been a Nazi sympathizer prior to the British-Soviet occupation in 1941.

That went well, yes?

The three criminals most responsible for the coup were President Dwight Eisenhower, Secretary of State John Foster Dulles, and CIA director Allen Dulles. By bringing back Pahlavi, they created the conditions which would later lead to theocratic dictatorship.

The same trio also authored the overthrow of the democratic government in Guatemala, and the establishment and growth of the Diem family dictatorship in South Vietnam (both 1954).

While at Oklahoma State University in the 1970s, I knew many Iranian students (OSU had helped establish and nurture the Iranian agricultural and mechanical university). Many were active in resisting the Pahlavi dictatorship, and it was my privilege to be their comrade in that struggle. Unfortunately, since they were centrist to left in politics, I was unable to keep in touch after they returned to Iran, since that would have endangered them with SAVAK, the secret police, and later with the secret police of the theocratic dictatorship.

I think often of the sad fates which must have befallen many of them.

According to most reports, despite the half-century of sufferings inflicted on Iran by USA/USE imperialism, many, and perhaps most, Iranians persist in affection for the American people and much of American culture. It is shameful that large numbers of Americans continue to wallow in the excrement of race and religious hatred of Iran and Iranians.


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