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  •  Exactly (8+ / 0-)

    we Americans are ignorant of the scores of thousands of filipinos it killed in its occupation and colonial period.

    Of the Kermit Roosevelt answer to democracy in Iran.

    Of the U.S.' role in Cambodia's and Laotian history.

    Et cetera.

    Iranians know. They don't hold Obama accountable for that. This speech was not about Iran: if it was, we'd be astonished at the announcement of diplomatic relations again, of no more sanctions. That's not what this speech was about. It was a much broader statement to Muslims and tailored to the Arab world.

    That is all. Individually, I wish you the best, but collectively, my dearest hope is to outlive you - groovetronica

    by Nulwee on Thu Jun 04, 2009 at 06:02:52 PM PDT

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    •  Action is much more important than words (5+ / 0-)
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      Sanctions and an embargo by the British and Americans was the major factor in bringing down the Mossadegh government in the early 50's. The objective then was access to Iran's oil and gas. The Brits had been lifting it for 20 years or more in an 80% - 20% (Iran got to keep 20% of their own oil) agreement which had expired and the Iranians wanted a 50% - 50% split in a new agreement. The Brits would not agree and so this led to the nationalization of Iran's oil.

      We have been using the same tactics this time around. In recent weeks there has been discussion of further tightening of existing sanctions. Sanctions have been in place since shortly after the Shah was ousted in 1979. Iran's nuclear program is the latest excuse. The Shah had a nuclear program which we supported.

      In the early 50's they were accused of communist ties and influence.

      The primary reason is the same now as it was then. Access.

      If we want real progress and better relations, begin by easing or lifting the sanctions.

      Actions speak louder than words.

      'There's none so blind as those who won't see,' is a proverb that has proven itself over and over in life. ....John "Gunny" Matlock

      by truong son traveler on Thu Jun 04, 2009 at 06:32:35 PM PDT

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