Who Hijacked Our Country

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Why Does Iran Hate Us?

If you’ve seen all the mainstream “media” headlines, you know that Iran is our latest threat. It doesn’t matter how quagmired we are in Iraq, or how understaffed and ill-equipped our military is. We’re getting ready to invade, and we’ll go to war with the army we have and not the army we wish we had.

Whatever the solution is, hopefully it’ll be provided by the United States, Europe and the United Nations working together, and not another ::smirk:: “coalition of the willing.”

Our “media” doesn’t pay much attention to cause and effect, history repeating itself, etc. In 1979, Iran was all over the news when the Ayatollah Khomeini overthrew the Shah of Iran and the new government seized American hostages. And again, Iran is in the headlines — Axis of Evil, they might develop nukes, etc.

In both of these cases, our press coverage had made it sound like millions of Iranians just got up one morning and decided, for no reason at all — “hey, you wanna pick a fight with the world’s greatest superpower? Economic sanctions, invading armies, our wives and children getting killed and maimed — come on, whaddya say?!”

Iran has a deep-seated mistrust of America, and the West in general. This goes back more than 50 years. In the early 1950s the CIA started its long-running habit of staging coups in Third World countries, to pave the way for Western businesses. The CIA’s first coup was in Iran in 1953.

The 1953 coup in Iran was planned by both the British and American governments. In 1951 the Iranian government nationalized Iran’s oil industry. This mostly affected England, who controlled the Anglo-Iranian Oil Company. England responded with threats and sanctions.

Anti-Communist paranoia was reaching a fever pitch in America, and our government was afraid any unrest in Iran would play into Russia’s hands. Iran had a small Communist party which was becoming more active.

The coup — an Iranian general was working with the British and American governments — would re-install the Shah of Iran, Mohammed Reza Shah Pahlavi. He had inherited the crown from his father in 1941, but he was a weak ineffective leader. He was overthrown in 1951; and re-installed three years later by the Powers That Be.

During the 1960s he pushed for land reform and increased education. But he continued becoming more brutal and more power-crazed and megalomaniac. Iranians lived in terror of SAVAAK, the Iranian secret police. SAVAAK made the CIA and KBG look like a few boy scouts playing with walkie-talkies. It was widely believed that one out of every five Iranians was a SAVAAK informer. This meant that anyplace where people gather — park benches, street corners, buses or taxis — you were taking your life in your hands if you said anything slightly negative about the government.

By the mid-1970s, Iran and Chile were rated by Amnesty International as the world’s worst human rights violators. Hmmm, and both of those countries had their leaders installed by the CIA (Chile in 1973).

When the Shah finally fled Iran in 1979, Iranians had spent 26 years under the iron fist of a CIA-installed dictator. Most Iranians wanted him out; not just Moslem leaders. Liberal college students and devout Moslems were the two biggest groups pushing for the Shah’s overthrow.
As terrible as the Iranian hostage situation was, it was the result of 26 years of unexpressed, repressed rage. The hostage crisis didn’t just spring out of a vacuum.

The Western media poured fuel on the fire by being shocked that Iran was now a dictatorship. It was, of course, but things were at least as bad if not worse under the Shah. To paraphrase one of our former presidents — Khomeini was a son of a bitch but he was their son of a bitch.

As the saying goes, “those who don’t learn from history are condemned to repeat it.” What are we laying the groundwork for when we attack other countries “pre-emptively”? When we bomb thousands of civilians in our search for that elusive terrorist leader, what are we sowing? How many other countries will be joining the “Axis of Evil”?

With most Americans’ ignorance about the rest of the world, we’ll probably be just as dumbfounded when the next tragedy occurs.

cross-posted at Bring It On!

25 Comments:

Blogger The Rambling Taoist said...

Tom,
Superb Article! Too bad most Americans will never read or hear it from the corporate media. :-(

January 18, 2006 at 12:47 AM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Thanks Trey. Yeah, the corporate media won't go beyond the usual "they're dangerous, we must attack" mode.

January 18, 2006 at 11:12 AM  
Blogger Marie said...

I think they hate use because they are all trained in those Mullah schools from a very young age - taught that the U.S. is The Great Satan. Then they are promised a fantastic afterlife if they kill us.

January 18, 2006 at 3:00 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Monika: I'm sure that's a factor, especially in the last 10-15 years. But my post was referring to Iran from the 1950s up through 1979, and the hatred and fury that was building up among Iranians toward the West and the CIA for installing and propping up their government. That government (the Shah) was secular and pro-Western.

January 18, 2006 at 4:26 PM  
Blogger steve said...

Dam that was good.

Sometimes I think life would be easier if we were all like Britney Spears and could just put our blind faith in our leaders like Dubya.
Pay no attention to your world crumbling.
I swear to (insert deity of choice here) that Americans (and unfortunately about 37% of Canadians) are like 3 yr olds on Christmas morning. They don’t care what’s in the box so long as it’s shiny and has a pretty bow.

I don’t understand deficits; tell me about tax cuts again. Ah, I feel better now.

Great blog, when our election is over I’m going to have to do a write-up.

January 18, 2006 at 5:11 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Thanks, Steve. That's a great description -- we'd all rather talk about tax cuts than deficits, and we like anything that's shiny and has a pretty bow.

January 18, 2006 at 7:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Our (Bush's) war on IRAQ has been a disaster. Now Bush seems to be planning on going to war with IRAN. Lets not forget that with his war on IRAQ, Bush has effectively stopped any meaningful oil shipments from northern IRAQ. Going to war with IRAN would have much more serious energy implications, as it could potentialy cut off even more energy supplies. And its clear that Bush really doesn't give a damn, he'e rich, protected, and the most powerful man in the world. It will be no sweat off of his brow if we get into (ie he initiates) a protracted war with IRAN. I'd like to hope that the American people would wake up, but I dont' think that enough are to make a difference.

CoolAqua

January 18, 2006 at 10:31 PM  
Anonymous JollyRoger said...

Of course, Iran just threw the Cheerleading Network of Neuters out due to CNN's "error" when quoting the President of Iran as having said that every nation is entitled to nuclear "weapons."

What he said was nuclear "energy" is what every nation is entitled to. But CNN did what they've been doing now for years-they toed the Chimperor line.

January 18, 2006 at 11:29 PM  
Blogger MJ Norton said...

What I find perhaps most entertaining about the situation is that the drums of war are being sounded over the issue of nuclear technology when - despite the rhetoric to the contrary - this is exactly the logical step that the Bush era U.S. has driven them to.

North Korea was stated as part of the "Axis of Evil", but they have nukes so despite having an utter loon in charge over there the U.S. has done no more than talk tough, pose aggressively and, ultimately, engage in negotiations.

Iraq hadn't even rudimentary nuclear technology -- indeed, they didn't even have much in the way of real weaponry by the standards of a modern nation by that point -- and they were invaded.

What's the message any reasonable leader or leading body would come to based on this? Get nukes quickly!

January 19, 2006 at 7:22 AM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Cool Aqua: You're right, a war with Iran will create much worse energy problems than the war with Iraq. And like you say, it won't affect Bush; he can just slink off to Kennebunkport or Crawford whenever things get tough. We can always hope that enough Americans will wake up. Riiight.

Jolly Roger: I like Cheerleading Network of Neuters. Like all the rest of the "media," they say "how high sir?" when Bush says "jump."

Mike Norton: That's exactly it. The message Iran is getting is "hurry up and get those nukes." Nobody's gonna mess with North Korea; Bush will just have to confine his saber-rattling to countries that don't have nukes or a strong army.

January 19, 2006 at 11:07 AM  
Blogger Eko Prasetyo said...

USA is the current threat for Iran and the rest of non-preferred nuclear owning country.

It is Zionists work to spread propaganda on how evil Iran's nuclear will be.

January 19, 2006 at 4:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Americans really should be mad because according to sources the Shah of Iran was the one that convinced OPEC to do the 70s oil embargo, the Saudi's tried to get the US to put pressure on the Shah to knock it off since he was "our boy" but the Nixon administration did nothing.

How many are old enought to remember the damage that embargo did to our ecomony?


Erik

January 19, 2006 at 11:57 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Erik: You're right. The Shah of Iran was one of the shrewdest politicians in world history. He manipulated everybody. He was the main culprit of the oil embargo, but the Arab countries were considered the bad guy. He "cooperated" with America's War on Drugs by having a super strict border -- drug dealers would be executed regularly at the border -- but once you were inside Iran there was more hash and opium than anywhere. And so on. He was a genius at playing both ends against the middle and coming out smelling like a rose.

January 20, 2006 at 12:41 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Iran already has over 24 confirmed nukes according to Timmerman's book 'Countdown to Crisis'. Also, they have an active nuclear enrichment programs at their Natanz and Basheir facilities among others and they are mining domestic yellowcake for enrichment purposes which greatly diminishes watchdog agencies from tracking their program since their raw materials are now 'in country' and do not need to be imported.

Furthermore, Iran is developing a missile called the Shabab-3 that currently has a range of ~600 miles (could hit southern Europe) and possibly could be upgraded to ICBM status, although this is currently speculation.
In addition, Iran was the principle enabler and planner of the 9/11 attack by Al Qaeda although admittedly they weren't involved in operations, only in logistics and planning.

Everything I'm saying is known to the NSA and CIA, however, since Iran has nuclear deterents (and Iraq never did) the US used 9/11 as a pretext to invade the lesser armed Iraq. Conversely, regardless on how hard the US tries to sell its citizens on its military's supremacy throughout the world, an all out invasion of Iran would be unsuccessful due to the fact that you can cripple a country's ability to wage war from the sky, but to hold a country you need troops on the ground. This is still an essential concept of modern day wars that the public overlooks and is led to believe as otherwise.
Iran's army is far superior to Iraq's by all merits (see www.fas.org for proof)

Oh yes, one more item of note, Bin Laden was seen in Iran in 2004 at a meeting attended by Savaak, Vevaak, the Repulican Guard, and Kommenei (yes also known to US intelligence services).

I am more worried about Zarqawi and Muginyeh then I am about Bin Laden. They are the soldiers, Bin Laden is merely the figurehead and financier.

As for conspiracies that suggest the US was involved in 9/11 complicitly in an effort to drum up public opinion for a 'war' in Afghanistan and Iraq, perhaps this is America's very own Reichschtag, and perhaps not. Personally I do not rule this line of thought out, but as of yet, I have not seen enough conclusive evidence as to rule it in.


References: www.fas.org
www.globalsecurity.org
'A Coundown to Crisis: The Coming Nuclear War with Iraq' - Kenneth Timmerman

January 23, 2006 at 4:58 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Anonymous: Thanks for the info. I didn't know SAVAAK still existed. Sounds like there're all sorts of "interesting" things going on there.

January 23, 2006 at 6:01 PM  
Blogger NM said...

This article presents many inaccurate statements which are not based on facts, such as the view that Khomeini's regime was no worse than the Shah's previous regime (eg. where are the facts for this, within the past 35 years or so history has shown that the econom is worse than during the Shah's time, people are more discontent with the current regime etc...). Further, to state that if people cannot learn from past mistakes they will continue to repeat them implies similarities between the Shah's regime and the post Shah regime, which is a subjective statement, and questionable at best; especially since this argument is not supported by any facts throught out the article.

May 24, 2007 at 2:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

wow ... that was an amazing article.
Well, I am a Persian living in United States for couple of years... First I have to tell: we, Iranians, don't hate America or any Americans. This is a stereotype view about us. We people are cool everywhere in this universe ... this is our politicians who are messing around. The problem is, the "media" never show the other side of Iran ... as a result the whole world think we are the most hatred people in this world ... we love everybody ... we respect every single person in this world, like we did 3 thousands years ago

February 25, 2008 at 5:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tom Harper: those info by the Anonymous was completly incorrect ... SAVVAK does not exist anymore ... He said Bin Ladden was seen in Iran in 2004 at a meeting attended by Savaak, Vevaak, the Repulican Guard, and Kommenei .... The new government in Iran destroyed the SAVVAK 30 years ago, and they killed its leader. Bin Ladden never been in Iran .... New government in Iran is highly against Bin Laden and his group ... because they are Sunnie and Iranian leaders are Shiite. They simply hate each other.

February 26, 2008 at 9:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

you say they have headlines that make you think they are your (USA)next threat?? what about all the headlines your media is spitting out about Iran... that also can make them think your their next threat... i say they are allowed to develop nuclear technology, just like everyone else... if you think otherwise then your discriminating because of ethnicity, faith, etc... typically american

June 1, 2008 at 10:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I dont agree with your mentailty of the socialized the fire protection part, everyone deserves equal fire protection. whether you can afford it or not.

September 2, 2009 at 9:06 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love your article, never have i read anything more open minded , unbiased and intelligent argument. by the way i am mexican. i know everyone hates us too. sooo sick of it.

September 2, 2009 at 9:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

all i can say is if USA go to war against iran, USa might lose
no money, how can they afford bullets tanks and guns?
only if Obama and Bush read this... no war!!

August 22, 2010 at 11:56 AM  
Blogger masoud said...

Iran will be the power of world and now it is
And war with Iran is an idiot idea for now , for future, and for ever
Damn with USA's politics
And west politics

June 11, 2011 at 4:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm sorry for some comments. Who said we hate America? Who? Why do think we are fighting in Iran? because we are sick of some stupid politicion. As an Iranian I love Americans for many reason. They were under power of England but they have power of the world now and it doesn't come to you easily.
I want to say please forget about stereotype that your goverenment makes for you.
Do you think we believe in mollus? Do you think we are very religious?
Noooooo
to confirm what I said above FUCK Isam+mollus and anybody who say something wrong about Iran.
The question is this: Why your goverenment is trying to force you to hate Iran?
I'm sorry for people who would like to attak to other countries killing many people.
You should know Iran had power of the world for a period of history, soviet union had it, England had it, germany had it, but it wasn't forever think of peace and in future people response you with peace.
Many loves from Iran

October 27, 2011 at 8:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

By the way I just want to add that for sure there is a reson thta America attaks to our neighbours but not to us. Accourding to NATO Iran has the first military power in middle east. for sure war is not the sulotion.

October 27, 2011 at 8:30 PM  

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