Tuesday, February 12, 2008

The Folly of Attacking Iran - Lessons From History

Hands on buzzers, for 500 points: this democratic leader was overthrown in 1953 by a US-organized coup in retaliation for nationalizing oil resources previously controlled by the British.

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If you’re a little rusty on the history of U.S.-Iran relations, here’s a 6-minute video review:

If more Americans knew about this history, could our leaders blather on about supporting freedom and democracy in the Middle East they way they do? Would news media take them seriously if they did so? Would American pundits be so cavalier about the idea of bombing Iran, in flagrant violation of international law? Could people make fun of Senator Barack Obama for supporting real diplomacy with Iran and get away with it?

I don’t claim that it would be impossible for U.S. politicians to talk about bombing Iran if “every schoolboy knew” what the United States did in Iran in 1953. But surely it would be more difficult.

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Originally Posted at JustForeignPolicy.org


Learn about efforts by Senator Dianne Feinstein and other members of Congress to push for a policy of diplomacy with Iran instead of military brinksmanship.

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redante said...

Hello AI

Thanks for posting this. It is very important that facts like these are out in the open to give context to Americans why anti-American attitudes exist overseas. The Republican establishment denies these facts and say that anti-Americanism is fueled by irrational hatred for the freedoms that America represents. They gloss over the sorry and sordid history of US government foreign policy of blatant intervention in the internal affairs of sovereign states through the CIA. If the US is ever going to be a good neighbor to the rest of the world community the first step is to stop these types of activities and to live up to its democratic ideals in deed not just in rhetoric.

Brian said...

Thanks Lib Arts...

This is almost never mentioned in the U.S. corporate media.

The history of Iran, Iraq, the Middle East in general...should be a required lesson for every American.

It's amazing how Americans seem oblivious about why certain Countries hate the U.S.