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Frankfurter Rundschau, Germany

To Make Up With Iran, U.S. Must Fess Up to 1953 Coup

 

"The demonization of Iran as a member of the 'Axis of Evil' was only the latest chapter in a long line of political blunders. Iran would perhaps have a functioning democracy today if the CIA, under the direct orders of President Dwight Eisenhower, hadn't overthrown the first democratically-elected prime minister, Mohammad Mosaddeq."

 

By Martin Gehlen

 

Translated By Ulf Behncke

 

March 21, 2009

 

Germany - Frankfurter Rundschau - Original Article (German)



Shah Muhammad Reza Pahlavi, 1919-1980. He dreamed
of a resurgent Persian empire, and according to some
Arab accounts, after putting him in power courtesy of
a CIA coup, the U.S. removed him for it. (above).


[RealVideoShah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi]

[RealVideoDr. Mohammed Mossadegh]

Ex-Iranian Prime Minister Mohammed Mosaddeq.
Arousing the jealousy of the Shah and the anger of
British oil companies, Mossadegh was removed in
a CIA-run uprising. He spent the rest of his life in
'internal exile.' Here he is in 1967. (below)



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U.S. President Barack Obama wants peace with Iran. But a deep-seated mistrust of the United States must first be allayed.

 

Barack Obama gave his political advisers two months after he took office to come up with a new strategy for dealing with Iran. Slowly, the first recognizable outlines of change have become evident - even if harsh comments between the two sides blithely continued over recent weeks. First, while on tour in Europe, there was Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's invitation to Iran to participate in an international conference on Afghanistan at The Hague on March 31st. Now, just in time for the Persian New Year, Obama himself has reached out to Tehran with a video message [watch below] which is more than any of his predecessors have done for the past 30 years.

 

The reaction hasn't exactly been exuberant. Clinton's invitation to Iran's leadership has yet to be responded to. Meanwhile, Obama's historic offer was met with a mild response from Tehran, which was immediately garnished with the usual high praise for Iran's nuclear program. The road back to normal relations between the two countries will be long and rocky. The chasm that opened since the 1979 revolutionary taking of hostages at the American-Embassy in Tehran is too wide.

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But Obama's video marks a good beginning. The U.S. President promised an end to the isolation of Iran and he said he wishes for the country to resume its place as a respected member of the community of nations. Tehran must now consider whether to continue with its provocative fiddling with missiles and uranium centrifuges or from now on, be more transparent and cooperative. And it isn't only the U.S. - Iran's nuclear ambitions are a thorn in the side of Europe and Israel as well. Furthermore, almost all Arab countries are becoming increasingly irritated by Iranian aspirations for dominance in the region. They accuse Tehran of sponsoring radical forces everywhere. And because they fear a nuclear arms race, Arabs, too, are preparing to build a large number of nuclear reactors.

 

 

PRESIDENT OBAMA'S NEW YEAR MESSAGE TO IRAN

 

But Obama's initiative also calls for a significant course correction from the United States. The demonization of Iran as a member of the "Axis of Evil" was only the latest chapter in a long line of political blunders. For many Iranians, the 1953 regime change staged by the United States remains clear in the mind. The country would perhaps have a functioning democracy today if the CIA, under the direct orders of President Dwight Eisenhower, hadn't overthrown the first democratically-elected Prime Minister, Mohammad Mosaddeq, and restored the fallen Shah Reza Pahlavi. Mosaddeq wanted to nationalize the Iranian oil fields because Western companies were taking all the profits out of the country.

 

SEE ALSO ON THIS:

Frankfurter Rundschau, Germany: The CIA-Backed Coup that Obama Failed to Mention

Fars News Agency, Iran: Supreme Leader Responds to Obama's Message to Iranians

Press TV, Iran: Ayatollah Khamenei Says America Must Apologize for 1953 Coup

E'etemad, Iran: End the 'Political Excitement'; Begin the 'Political Wisdom'

The Daily Star, Lebanon Obama 'Fires Starting Gun' in Season of Engagement

Haaretz, Israel: Give Obama's Iran Initiative a Chance

 

During the eight-year war between Iraq and Iran, the U.S. supported Saddam Hussein, providing billions of dollars in cheap loans for weapons purchases. About 20,000 Iranian soldiers were killed with poison gas without so much as a protest raised by Washington. Finally, a U.S. missile cruiser [the USS Vincennes] in the Persian Gulf mistakenly shot down an Iranian Airbus [Iran Air Flight 655] with 290 passengers and crew. The officers and their superiors were promoted - but never held accountable. Up to now, there has been no official apology from Washington to the families of the victims.

 

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[Posted by WORLDMEETS.US March 25, 7:10pm]

 

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