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Wed Feb 13 08:21:44 MST 2002
A Matter of Perspective-The United States and Iran
by Ron Jacobs
I'm not sure where GW Bush was in 1979, but he must remember
something about the popular uprising of the Iranian people that overthrew
the US's biggest puppet in the region-the Shah. Although the revolution
had been brewing for years, in 1978 and early 1979 there were huge
demonstrations against his rule by all sectors of Iranian society. These
demonstrations took place in Iran's cities, her oilfields, her mosques and
other places of worship, and finally within her military. Hundreds
(perhaps thousands) were killed by the Shah's military and secret police,
the SAVAK. The movement involved social democrats, communists of all
kinds, students, peasants, urban intellectuals and middle classes, and
Islamists of every stripe-fundamentalists to radicals. It was a truly
popular movement that resulted in the Shah leaving the country in disgrace
on January 16, 1979.
After his departure, there was a power struggle for control of the
new revolutionary government. At first, the secular radicals had the
upper hand and it looked like Iran might become the first socialist state
in that region of the world. Unfortunately, this was not to be the case.
Within days of the Shah's exile, the Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini had
re-entered the country from his exile in France, where he had been living
and secretly organizing opposition to the Shah's regime since he had been
forced out of the country after the CIA-sponsored coup that replaced the
populist nationalist leader Muhammad Mossadegh with the Shah in 1955.
Mossadegh had called for nationalization of the country's oil and a
re-negotiation of all the contracts between Iran and the big oil
companies. Of course, such a call has never been popular with the oil
companies and the governments that serve them, especially that of the
United States. This was the primary motivation behind the CIA-sponsored
overthrow. . . . .
The rest of Ron's latest essay is at www.neravt.com/left/jacobs43.html
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