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33,612. You create a nation who hates you enormously. Who views you as a devil, an evil force. You create in that state sufficient forces of unrest that you don’t have stability. And those chickens come home to roost. You end up with a violation of the constitution. And a hatred that is propagated today until you have embassies taken, hostages held, hatred engendered; hatred simply doesn’t come to rest. Professor Edward Firmage
94,771. Undeveloped countries with rich resources now have an object less in the heavy cost that must be paid by one of their number which goes beserk with fanatical nationalism. It is perhaps too much to hope that Iran's experience will prevent the rise of Mossadeghs in other countries, but that experience may at least strengthen the hands of more reasonable and more far-seeing leaders. The New York Times
33,564. In August 1941 Britain and the Soviet Union invaded Iran to guarantee this supply line, effectively deposing the pro-Nazi Shah ... Nearly a quarter of all supplies sent to the Soviet Union in the war came by this southern route. World War II: The Complete History: The End of the Beginning
33,562. Doctor Mohammad Mosaddegh, Prime Minister of Iran from 1951 - 1953: he was elected in Iran. He was considered to be the best hope for democracy in the Middle-East and around the world; he was Time Magazine’s man of the year. But one of the things that he ran on and began to implement was the idea that foreign oil companies needed to pay more to the Iranian people a lot more for their oil, for the oil they were taking out of the ground. The Iranian people should benefit from their own oil. A strange policy. We didn’t like that of course. But we were afraid of sending in the troops, instead we sent in one CIA agent, Roosevelt, Teddy Roosevelt’s relative. He went in with a few million dollars and was every effective and efficient. He managed to get Mosaddegh overthrown and he brought in the Shah of Iran to replace him, and he who was more sympathetic to oil. (Iran & CIA) John Perkins, author of Confessions of an Economic Hitman, economist for Chas T Main Inc
33,561. The Secret CIA History of the Iran Coup, 1953. (Iran & CIA) National Security Archive Electronic Briefing Book 28
33,610. After the coup Iran became a kind of American base, and the Shah just became an American puppet. And all disaffection, all opposition, all nationalism, all neutralism was simply crushed. Tom Mangold, war correspondent
33,611. By failing to understand the degree of hatred of the people in the streets I think they [US] failed to predict the invasion of the Embassy and the hostage taking crisis. Tom Mangold
99,394. Iran: last year’s terror in Iran was unique in the world, even in Iran’s history because at that time all political prisoners were obliged to repent their political beliefs or they were systematically executed. It was in fact a liquidation. Adam Curtis, Inside Story: The Road to Terror 1989, Dr Karim Lahiji
99,395. To many in the West the Iranian revolution seems incomprehensible … There has been a struggle for power that follows the pattern of many other revolutions. ibid.
99,396. ‘I shall never take power. I only want to return to my country. I understand absolutely nothing about politics.’ ibid. Khomeini
99,397. Although the Shah had fled Iran before Khomeini’s arrival he had left behind him a government and an army. ibid.
33,563. And then in 1979 the Iranian revolution showed dramatically America’s policy of backing dictators did not work. The Iranian people rose up and toppled the Shah of Iran. The Shah had one of the largest military forces in the world given to him by the Americans. But it proved helpless in the face of the new Islamist ideology of Ayatollah Khomeini. Many in the West saw Khomeini as the resurgence of a dark almost medieval force. But this was wrong. The Iranian revolution was yet again driven by Western ideas of political freedom. (Iran & Freedom) Adam Curtis, The Trap III: We Will Force You to be Free
29,533. 1953: US overthrows Prime Minister Mosaddegh of Iran. US installs Shah as dictator. (Terrorism & Iran) Michael Moore, Bowling for Columbine
29,542. 1983: White House secretly gives Iran weapons to kill Iraqis. (Terrorism & Iran & Iraq) ibid.
33,560. On April 20th this year twenty-one Iranians living in London went to the Iranian Embassy to protest against the murder and torture of political prisoners in their country. They were allowed into the Embassy. They sat down. And ten minutes later they were asked by police to leave. And they left peacefully. The resulting publicity was one of the few reminders that Britain is deeply in pawn to the oil-rich Shah of Persia. A strutting Mussolini style dictator who runs one of the most effective police states in the world. And on the admission of his own regime has a habit of torturing and murdering those who oppose them. John Pilger, A Nod and a Wink
6,537. The Khomeini cry for the execution of Rushdie is an infantile cry. From the beginning of time we have seen that. To murder the thinker does not murder the thought. (Think & Iran & Assassination & Murder) Arnold Wesker
29,319. The Reagan administration had cozeed up during the Iran war to Iraq's Saddam Hussein, turning a blind eye to his repeated use of chemical weapons, sometimes against his own people. Made in part from US-supplied chemicals. (United States & Iran & Iraq & Chemicals & Empire US & Reagan) Oliver Stone’s Untold History of the United States IX: Bush and Clinton – American Triumphalism – New World Order
32,574. Arms for hostages ... Why was the Reagan administration so willing to sell arms to a country so openly hostile to America? (Presidency of US & Empire: US & Foreign Relations US & Nicaragua & Reagan & Iran) America's Book of Secrets: Presidential Cover-Ups s2e7, H2 2014
32,575. Nicaragua: Reagan believed strongly that the Contras deserved American funding and support. Any such funding had been banned by Congress. (Presidency of US & Empire: US & Foreign Relations US & Nicaragua & Reagan & Iran) ibid.
32,576. In the end several high-ranking members of the Reagan administration were either indicted, convicted, or had their careers for ever tarnished by the affair and the cover-up ... directed by George H W Bush. (Presidency of US & Empire: US & Foreign Relations US & Nicaragua & Reagan & Iran & Bush) ibid.
33,557. In 1953 in fact the CIA secretly sponsored its first full-scale coup in Iran, and as a result the USA kept control of one of the largest oil producers in the world. (Iran & CIA & Empire US & Coup) Secrets of the CIA
33,558. In 1951 Prime Minister Mosaddegh became Iran’s first democratically elected leader. His first act in power was to nationalise Iran’s oil industry, and his second was to begin talk with Iran’s Soviet’s neighbour. (Iran & CIA & Empire US & Coup) ibid.
33,559. In February 1979 the Iranian people staged the first ever Islamic revolution, which not only changed the face of Iran but changed the face of the entire Middle East. And the CIA had no idea that any of this was going to happen. (Iran & CIA & Empire US & Coup) ibid.
33,555. I’m very embarrassed my government two weeks ago they renewed the fatwa on Salman Rushdie. I’m very embarrassed. And I’ve been asked to say on behalf of all Iranian dyslexics we want to apologise for the death of Willie Rushton. This was an accident waiting to happen. Omid Djalili, comedian
33,556. In the course of hundreds of interviews in the US, Europe and the Middle East I’ve been told repeatedly that individuals associated with the Reagan campaign of 1980 met secretly with Iranian officials to delay the release of the American hostages until after the presidential election. For this favour, Iran was rewarded with a substantial supply of arms from Israel. (Iran & Reagan & United States) Gary Sick, Congressional evidence 5th February 1992, author The October Surprise
33,565. The United States had defied its own embargo on arms to Iran. Ronald Reagan was offering weapons to the Ayatollah Khomeini in return for the release of American hostages. The President went on television to deny it. (Iraq & Reagan & United States) Bill Moyers, The Secret Government: The Constitution in Crisis
33,566. Iran 1953: the CIA mounted its first covert operation to overthrow a foreign government. The target was the prime minister of Iran, Mohammad Mosaddegh. He held power legitimately through his country’s parliamentary process. And he was popular. (Iran & CIA) ibid.
33,574. If laws are needed, Islam has established them all. There is no need … after establishing a government, to sit down and draw up laws. Ruhollah Khomeini