Re: The Hubris Of Empire
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Hunt down this book by Noam Chomsky called What We Say Goes, and read the sections on Iran. From the original democracy that brought Mosaddegh to power in 1951, through to his subsequent fall by intervention of the CIA with a coup de etat, what is evolving politically today has its roots firmly established in the past. What happens next in Iran is a continuing series of blow-backs, as a cause and effect that was begun by the United Kingdom, and the United States.
I leave you with the words of the then Prime Minister, Mohammed Mosaddegh, on the 21st of June 1951, and ask whether there is more to compare the past with the present than that which is promoted to our nation’s today, who’s people today, and without thought and study of their own, have more belief in the facts that are filtered daily into their homes by the box in their living-rooms; as proof by the lack of viable and relevant reading material on their empty book-shelves.
[quote=Prime Minister Mohammed Mosaddegh]
“Our long years of negotiations with foreign countries… have yielded no results this far. With the oil revenues we could meet our entire budget and combat poverty, disease, and backwardness among our people. Another important consideration is that by the elimination of the power of the British company, we would also eliminate corruption and intrigue, by means of which the internal affairs of our country have been influenced. Once this tutelage has ceased, Iran will have achieved its economic and political independence.
The Iranian state prefers to take over the production of petroleum itself. The company should do nothing else but return its property to the rightful owners. The nationalization law provide that 25% of the net profits on oil be set aside to meet all the legitimate claims of the company for compensation…
It has been asserted abroad that Iran intends to expel the foreign oil experts from the country and then shut down oil installations. Not only is this allegation absurd; it is utter invention…”
~ VF ~
Stop 100 people at the voting booth in America and ask them what they think of Operation Ajax. You’ll get 99 blank stares.