The word déjà vu is on everybody's
mind and lips these days as an attack on
Interview with Stephen Kinzer, author of
"Overthrow" and "All the Shah's Men"
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Iranians have a vivid memory of 1953, whether they witnessed it or it was passed down to them. It was the year when they fell victim to the first CIA-backed coup which destroyed their democracy. A coup which emboldened America to embark on many more such operations leaving behind it a trail of blood, tears and destruction while making a full circle - back to Iran.
True that there is only a quasi
In April 1951, the Iranian parliament under the
leadership of Mossadeqh who thought that nationalization was the only way to
preserve the sovereignty of
This order has been extended and
further restricted by Mr. Bush, and many countries such as
Similar to the oil industry which
belonged to the people,
Mossadeqh was replaced with the Shah
According to a CNN late Edition interview with Wolf Blitzer aired on 2/25/07, the renowned Sy Hersh shared his concerns with the audience: "I am quite concerned that my government is aware that money is being funneled to Al-Qaeda operatives to attack Shiites and they are being silent and are allowing this to take place. This is the same group that has been accused of the terrorist attacks on 9/11 and my government knows about this". Simply put, the Administration is sporting a bloody policy that not only will engulf the region, but will spill over to unimaginable boundaries. Arms are being sold to boost the bloodshed.
In 2006, the US sold $11 billion arms to Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, Oman, Saudi Arabia and the UAE which control some 45 percent of world oil reserves, with the Pentagon notifying Congress of possible arms sales to Saudi Arabia -- the biggest spender of the six -- totaling well over nine billion dollars.[iv] According to The New York Times (2/23/07), Kuwait has reportedly bought 24 Apache Longbow helicopters, while the United Arab Emirates has continued to take delivery of 80 F-16 Block 60 fighters, with plans to buy air tankers, missile defense batteries and airborne early warning systems. Bahrain has ordered nine UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters in an estimated $252 million deal, while Oman has reportedly bought 30 antitank rocket launchers in a $48 million purchase and is planning a naval overhaul.
Perhaps it is to deliver these to Al-Qaeda to destroy the 'Shiites'? Is it any wonder that so many helicopters are being shot sown in Iraq? After all, the enemy does benefit from the best technology the world has to offer!
So while the Gulf States go on a shopping spree, the Bush Administration, bowing to AIPAC and taking advice from the AEI and other neo-cons is setting the stage to attack Iran by planning and sending more carriers to the Persian Gulf in preparation for war. Dick Cheney wasted no time in announcing the inevitable with a nudge and a wink to the arms dealers that they can make a killing out of this one - the oil-rich, Al-Qaeda supporters are in a spending mood. Iran's history is going to be repeated and without knowing it, the Arabs will be doing the fighting. That is what the Sunni-Shiite divide was about.
What is incomprehensible to this writer is that in a recent poll which surveyed six Arab nations and was commissioned by the Washington-based Arab American Institute (AAI), the overall approval ratings of the US ranged between an unprecedented low of two per cent in Egypt and a high of 20 per cent in Lebanon. Those holding a favorable view of the US in Saudi Arabia were four per cent, 11 per cent in Morocco, 14 per cent in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and 15 per cent in Jordan[v]. These figures are particularly alarming because they are 'allies' and recipient of arms! It seems peculiar that that so many American presidents insist on arming the very people who hate them. If indeed 9/11 was the work of al-Qaeda, we are on a suicide path - unless 'they' know something the public does not.
So, again, Iran is to become the victim of America's greed - with Israel pushing the 'DESTRUCT' button. If we stop Iran's history from being repeated, perhaps we can stop the next tragedy that may follow.
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