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    My late father was a young lieutenant in the Iranian Army at the time of the coup. He wouldn't really talk about it much. His company was ordered to stand-down and remain on the base at the time which is what they did. The rest is history. Handpicked troops loyal to the Shah backed by the Americans and British did their dirty work.

    My father knew how to speak English and was ordered to be an interpreter for a Captain who my father only knew as Steiner. He always suspected that this person was CIA or perhaps MI. There were arrests -- lots of them. My father was witness to a lot of things that went on in those jails which he would never speak about -- he would just say "bad things". He came to America not long after that, met a woman and here I am those many years later.

    My father went to his grave despising three things: the Islamic Republic that controls Iran to this day, the CIA and "the British" who always seemed to be the catch-all bogeyman for my father whenever something in the world happened.

    The creatures outside looked from pig to man, and from man to pig, and from pig to man again; but already it was impossible to say which was which.

    by The Lone Apple on Sun Aug 18, 2013 at 03:50:54 PM PDT

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