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Iran and the US: recalling recent history

Via one of my favorite blogs, Brain Police, this primer on US – Iranian relations:

So in 1953 we screwed the Iranian people out of a democracy so a British company could keep stealing their oil. Now it’s bad for us and really bad for the Iranians. Especially Iranian workers:

As you probably know, the Iranian government has been arresting workers who have stood up and tried to organize unions — including Mansour Osanloo and Mahmoud Salehi, who both languish in jails despite continuing health problems.

This repression is in violation of International Labour Organization core conventions and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights — the 60th anniversary of which we observe this year. That Declaration states that “everyone has the right to form and to join trade unions for the protection of his interests.” (via Labour Start)

Making war on Iran won’t help Iranian workers. It will only further entrench their oppressors and make victims of innocent working people. The international labor movement is telling us about the abridgment of freedom for workers in Iran. You can tell the Iranian government to respect workers’ rights:

Click here to send your message.

If you are an American it’s the least you can do after screwing them in 1953.


  1. #1 hass
    February 14, 2008

    “If the facts are at odds with the policy objectives of some people who are keen to impose further sanctions on Iran, that’s too bad,” the [International Atomic Energy Agency] official added.
    Pressure on IAEA grows over Iran report

  2. #2 Baratos
    February 14, 2008

    After learning that Churchill was part of the plot to overthrow Mossadegh, I decided he was a giant asshole and I stopped looking up to him. But then I learned more about all the things Mossadegh accomplished, and I now have him as a role model.

    Oh, yeah: the book they showed in the clip, “All the Shah’s Men?” Great read. Go buy it or something.

  3. #3 PFT
    February 15, 2008

    It actually gets worse.

    In 1978, at about the time we were preprared to provoke a Soviet invasion of neighbouring Afghanistan using Islamic guerillas, now known as Al Qaeda, the Shah had substantial oil revenues and wanted to go nuclear big time. Iran had the world’s fourth largest nuclear program, and the plan was for 20 new reactors by 1995.

    But the Trilateral Commission had already decided on a policy to increase the worlds dependence on oil to save the USD as the petrodollar, and that meant nuclear power development had to be scaled down (we helped discredit it by arranging the TMI accident). Carter tried to block the Iranians plan for devlopment but failed.

    The Shah was also negotiating a 25-year oil agreement with British Petroleum, but talks broke down. BP had demanded exclusive rights to future Iranian output but refused to guarantee oil purchases. The Shah considered looking for new buyers. Messing with Anglo-American oil interests is begging for trouble.

    A White House Iran task force then recommended we end support for the Shah and replace him with Ayatollah Khomeini who was in France with the same type coup as in 1953.

    We again implemented destabilization plans, starting with cutting Iranian oil purchases. Economic pressures followed, and trained agitators exacerbated them by fanning religious discontent and overall turmoil. Oil strikes as well were used. American security advisors recommended Iran’s Savak secret police use repressive tactics to maximize antipathy to the Shah. The military was warned against any intervention to support the Shah as this would lead to a break in military training and support, and no parts for their US weapons would be provided going forward.

    When the Shah left and Khomeini returned to Tehran and proclaimed a theocratic state, plans for further nuclear reactor development were cancelled.

    Mission accomplished.

    The 25 year cycle to do regime change in Iran began again in 2003.


  4. #4 pauls lane
    February 15, 2008

    Trileteral Commission, Opus Dei, Masons, BPOE, LOOM, Lions, Shriners, EVIL BASARDS ALL !!!! We need to keep a close eye on the BSA and the GSA!

  5. #5 M. Randolph Kruger
    February 15, 2008

    PFT-Arranging TMI? You would really have to go way out on a conspiracy theory to prove that one. That core was exposed partially so lets kill all the customers for Big Oil. Do you have any concept of what you are saying? Visit my website http://www.memphisaviationworldwide.com and look a nuclear reactor head. They weigh about 240,000 pounds and to arrange a scare you would have to lift it off only about 1/4th of an inch and crack the containment that is designed to withstand about three kilotons. Note I said crack it. If the top blew off it would be a moot point as Pennsylvania, New York, Conn, R. Island, MA, N.H., W. VA and Jersey would have ceased to exist.

    Arranging a nuclear accident? Got to be really slick to pull that one off and have it happen the way it did. Good stuff as you sit and watch a rover looking at broken control rods. Nice the way the got only a few to melt.

    I read your cite. Nice main stream media stuff injected with a lot of conjecture. Some of it since I was around at the time and red lined to go to Iran to support the Shah’s regime, intel briefing having been given is pure fantasy and wrong. Oh, the stuff about the contracting was right but the other part where the US was backing Khomeni is wrong. In fact there was an attempt to assassinate the guy in France.

    Someone missed. We also had peanuts in the White House and the guy just wouldnt make a decision, right or wrong. It paralyzed his presidency and then the economy, well he got what we all paid for. We ended up borrowing money from the Germans.

    Here is my read on it. We backed the wrong pony and we couldnt really have a democracy there.They have a habit of cozying up to their neighbors and those were pretty ugly neighbors at that time

    Iranian oil was cheap and plentiful and really the first oil embargo put us on notice. We were addicted then as we are now. The only reason these guys above are in the box is because they are going against not God but the PTB and those PTB’s are billionaires each and every one. Look up the names of the inner 20. Their names appear on real estate transactions, purchases of inordinately large sums of gold and silver, and a bailout position for many to Bahrain. So these guys may or may not be the people we want to back in Iran. If someone capped Ahamadinejad tommorow I wouldnt weep, but be aware China is actively sucking up to them and passing weapons to their own little insurgency and we are supporting it too. But if they topple the nut cases and opportunists, whats next?

    We might end up in a set up war for Iran but so what? We have done it before and its better to have little wars than big ones. As long as everyones energy stream is good, no one gives one big rats ass about two guys sitting in the box. At least they havent killed them in the name of God this week. I doubt that three of the UN Security Council members actually ever read the UN Charter. Throw that thing in the bucket because the Security Council are the biggest offenders against the Charter. Its a place to take your grievances but without a police force to enforce it, its worthless.

  6. #6 microdot
    February 17, 2008

    Wow, I thought the video was a concise history and was happy to discover it. Thanks for giving it a bigger audience here!
    I Checked hee after figuring out that you had linked it and reading the comments, I learn even more!