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  •  Iran was about to nationalize their oil (3+ / 0-)
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    in 1953 after a disagreement with the company that would become BP. Iran asked for a 50/50 split on the oil concessions. The Brits refused, they liked the 80/20 split which had expired, and called upon the US for assistance.

    This resulted in regime change, the return of the Shah and the blowback of 1979.

    We engineered two regime changes in Iraq in the 1960's because we feared they were going to nationalize their oil.

    This gave rise to Saddam who assisted and we made good use of him as long as he supported our interests. We turned our heads as he was gassing the Kurds because US agricultural interests were selling rice to Iraq. He used chemical weapons against Iran in the 8 year war that served our interests.

    Chavez in Venezuela was demonized for nationalizing his nation's oil, kicking out Exxon, which greatly pissed off the ruling class, the US establishment. A regime change attempt in 2002 resulted in failure.

    A few related examples to demonstrate how our interests influence our policies, the policies of the establishment, the ruling class.

    Orwell - "Political language ... is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable"

    by truong son traveler on Mon Mar 25, 2013 at 10:16:49 PM PDT

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    •  Uh huh (0+ / 0-)

      So what did you mean by Iran "refuses to allow access"?  Access to what?  We have sanctions on them, not them on us.

      Cynicism is what passes for insight among the mediocre.

      by Sky Net on Mon Mar 25, 2013 at 10:59:41 PM PDT

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