The Latest Saga in U.S. Foreign Policy
George “Orwell” Bush is fond of talking about supporting democracy in Iraq and around the world, but according to a page one story in The New York Times (March 14, 2003) Saddam Hussein and his Baath party were put into power by the U.S. in 1963 in a secret bloody coup that was organized and paid for by the CIA. Our puppet Saddam was then supported and financed by the next 5 American presidents. Instead of treating others like we would want to be treated, the sad truth is that for the past 50 years, U.S. governments lead by both Democrats and Republicans have supported brutal and undemocratic regimes all over the world, in countries such as Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Egypt, Vietnam, Chile, Indonesia, the Congo, the Philippines, Pakistan, Iran, and Iraq – to name a few - in order to serve the financial interests of multinational corporations.
Given the bewildering array of scandals that are now confronting Bush, it should be no surprise that he is now planning to shift the headlines to a new war with Iran. But here again, few Americans are aware of the CIA’s secret role in organizing a military coup in Iran, detailed in The New York Times (April 16, 2000), which ousted Dr. Mohammad Mosaddeg, the popular and democratically-elected prime minister of Iran in 1953, and installed another brutal puppet dictator, Shah Reza Pahlavi.
Dr. Mohammed Mosaddeg
Dr. Mosaddeg was a highly educated man who received a Ph.D. in Law from the University of Neuchatel in Switzerland, and was Time Magazine’s Man of the Year in 1951 when he was elected as Prime Minister. But Mosaddeg was opposed to the foreign intervention in Iran by Britain’s oil companies, and although he attempted to negotiate with what is now British Petroleum (BP) for higher oil royalties, BP refused. Dr. Mosaddeg then brought the matter to the Iranian Parliament, which voted to nationalize the Iranian oil industry. The government of Britain responded with a naval blockade of Iran, which prevented Iran from selling its oil to anyone else, and soon the British MI6 Secret Service and the CIA financed and organized a coup (Operation Ajax) to remove Mosaddeg from power. The overthrow of Mosaddeg was a rallying point in the 1979 revolution that drove the American-installed Shaw from power, yet none of the American television news networks have told the American people the truth about what really happened in Iran – or Iraq.
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