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  •  The WHOLE story, long but worth it. (6+ / 0-)

    I know it's long for a comment, but it's worth the read IMHO.

    There's a great article from National Geographic August 2008:

    Oil was at the root of a 1953 event that is still a sore subject for many Iranians: the CIA backed overthrow, instigated and supported by the British government, of Iran's elected and popular Prime Minister, Mohammad Mossadegh. Mossadegh had kicked out the British after the Iranian oil industry, controlled through Anglo-Iranian oil Company (later BP), was nationalized, and the British had retaliated with an economic blockade. With the Cold War on and the Soviet bloc located just to the north, the US feared that a Soviet-backed communism in Iran could shift the balance of world power and jeopardize Western interests in the region. The coup--Operation TP-Ajax-- is believed to have been the CIA's first. (Kermit Roosevelt, Jr., Teddy's grandson, ran the show, and H Norman Schwarkzkopf, the father of the Persian Gulf war commander, was enlisted to coax teh shah into playing his part. Its base of operations was the US Embassy in Tehran, the future"nest of spies" to the Iranians, where 52 US hostages were taken in 1979.) Afterward, the shah, Mohommed Reza Pahlavi, was returned to power, commercial oil rights fell largely to British and US oil companies, and Mossadegh was imprisoned and later placed under house arrest until he died in 1967.

    To Iranians like Shabnam Rezaei, who has created the online magazine Persian Mirror to promote Iran's cultural identity, Operation TP-Ajax set the stage for later decades of oppression and Islamic fundamentalism.

    I know that's a lot of quoting, but it's not even a third of a page of a 6+ page feature article; not including photos. So I hope I haven't infringed on any rights.

    Interesting characters from history huh? How ironic about Schwarkzkopf? Oil interests anyone?

    When I heard Obama reference this chapter in history I was charged. Yet I knew the MSM, in America at least, wouldn't touch it. Glad you brought this to everyone's attention.

    We either make ourselves miserable, or we make ourselves happy. The amount of work is the same." Carlos Castaneda

    by BP in NJ on Thu Jun 04, 2009 at 04:46:19 PM PDT

    •  It is way too jocular for such a serious action (0+ / 0-)

      with serious consequences.

      Like it is a play review?

      •  asdf (0+ / 0-)

        It does indeed lend itself to the receiving end of jokes, or perhaps derision?

        We either make ourselves miserable, or we make ourselves happy. The amount of work is the same." Carlos Castaneda

        by BP in NJ on Fri Jun 05, 2009 at 06:05:22 AM PDT

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