the mistakes of history

May 28, 2007 at 8:42 pm (from the Iranain press)

The history is worth knowing, but let’s have it right from the horse’s mouth as recounted by Rep. Jim McDermott of Washington offered on the U.S. House floor.

In 1953, the United States and United Kingdom launched Operation Ajax, a covert CIA operation to destabilize and remove the democratically elected government of Iran, including then Prime Minister Mohammed Mossadegh. Under Mossadegh, the Iranian government decided to reclaim Iran’s rightful ownership of its national oil treasure, which had been exclusively controlled by the British who were taking 85 percent of the profits.

Oh, and by the way, the UK also kept the books secret, merely telling Iran what its 15 percent take was. As soon as Mossadegh began to reclaim Iran’s oil treasure, it was all over. Operation Ajax was set into motion. The U.S. embassy in Tehran provoked phony internal Iranian dissent, while the Brits engineered an Iranian financial crisis by orchestrating a global boycott of Iranian oil.

“We brought down the Iranian government and installed the Shah. For two decades, we propped up the Shah against the will of the Iranian people. It was all about controlling Iran.” It still is. Today, ABC News is reporting exclusively that Bush has authorized a new covert CIA plot to bring down the Iranian government. The plan reportedly includes a coordinated campaign of propaganda, disinformation and manipulation of Iran’s currency and international financial transactions. The ABC News had earlier reported that the U.S. supported and encouraged an Iranian militant group, Jundullah, that has conducted deadly terrorist raids inside Iran.

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