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  •  One very important piece missing (3.91)
    First, you did a great job of putting many important facts together. Bravo!

    One point I think bears mentioning: The Iranian revolution of 1979 did not come out of thin air, and BinLaden would have few supporters if the US hadn't already planted a TON of seeds for him to eventually harvest. Arab distrust of US intentions underlies the entirety of the middle east/oil/Israel issue, and one of the most glaring and well-documented examples of US generation of Arab cynicism and hostility is fully documented in this book:

    "All the Shah's Men: An American Coup and the Roots of Middle East Terror"

    With breezy storytelling and diligent research, Kinzer has reconstructed the CIA's 1953 overthrow of the elected leader of Iran, Mohammad Mossadegh, who was wildly popular at home for having nationalized his country's oil industry. The coup ushered in the long and brutal dictatorship of Mohammad Reza Shah, widely seen as a U.S. puppet and himself overthrown by the Islamic revolution of 1979.

    Once the ramifications of this event fully sinks in, it's easy to understand why many, if not most Arabs will NEVER trust us or our allies. By destroying a democratically elected government and installing a brutal dictator, we have demonized ourselves far more effectively than any mullah ever will be able to. This of course leads to people willing to take suicidal actions against what they percieve to be an evil empire.

    Every [weapon] signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed. - Dwight D. Eisenhower

    by racerx on Fri May 06, 2005 at 06:06:16 AM PDT

    •  Exactly (4.00)
      And think about what happened in Iran the next time you hear how evil the democratically elected Hugo Chavez is for nationalizing Venezuelan oil.

      Here we go again?  This time in Latin America?

      "...and walked off to look for America"

      by gillmp on Fri May 06, 2005 at 07:19:49 AM PDT

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    •  1953 (4.00)
      an interesting year. At the end of WWII the US was the great champion of anti colonialism under the Roosevelt administration. Truman temporized, feeling it was a "practical choice" to allow some of the colonial powers back into the colonies (notably France in Viet Nam) but in cases like Iran, we supported democracies. With the election of Eisenhower and the corporatocracy, we began the process of supporting "pro western" dictators over moderate leftists democrats.

      Pithecanthropus "If I pay a man enough money to buy my car, he'll buy my car." Henry Ford

      by johnmorris on Fri May 06, 2005 at 07:28:07 AM PDT

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    •  This point is driven home (4.00)
      in "Confessions of an Economic Ht Man" as well, a book that should be distributed free and dropped by the thousands from airplanes across great expanses of the red states, in large print and audio form.

      "The government is and me!" -Theodore Roosevelt

      by Republic Not Empire on Fri May 06, 2005 at 07:30:49 AM PDT

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