[Marxism] Iran in The New Yorker
acpollack2 at yahoo.com
Mon Feb 27 20:18:08 MST 2006
In the current New Yorker is a piece on Iranian expatriates, but not online and I'm
just starting it. However what IS online is a 1978 piece by Joseph Kraft which says
volumes about the US and its media:
In the first couple pages Kraft recounts an interview (sic) with the Shah, the whole of
which is devoted to Kraft trying to buck up His Majesty's spirits in the face of growing
Then he moves on to an interview (sic again) with Shariatmadari in Qom in which he
spends the whole time browbeating him: "but didn't the Shah do this" and "isn't your
country richer" and blah blah puke.
I vaguely remembered Kraft's name, and a google turns up a Post retrospective on
Congressional hearings during the OPEC boycott:
in which Kraft is mentioned: "With oil supplies from the Organization of Petroleum
Exporting Countries cartel in jeopardy, Joseph Kraft, in The Washington Post,
suggests applying pressure to two countries that might work on behalf of the United
States. 'The obvious candidates are Venezuela and Iran, two producing countries
outside the Arab world,' Kraft writes. 'Because both are friendly to the West and need
oil revenues immediately for economic development, they are sensitive to the policies
of the United States and its allies.'"
No wonder he was so upset when his dear pal was about to be dethroned.
And they wonder why they hate us...
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