It was all about oil back in 1953, when the CIA ousted the hugely popular democratically elected Prime Minister of Iran, Dr. Mossadegh. Just two years earlier, he nationalized Iran’s oil industry, and thought America would be a strong ally. Foolish Iranian’s, we think all the world’s oil belongs to us, and democracy – real democracy – isn’t too terribly important. So we re-installed the Shah, who was nearly universally hated in his own country, and proceeded down a path of meddling in the affairs of the Persian people that would last for decades.
When seething hatred for America’s puppet, one of the worst human rights violators in history, boiled into a revolution in 1979 , President Carter boldly stated, ” ‘I fully expect the Shah to maintain power in Iran and for the present problems in Iran to be resolved. The predictions of doom and disaster that came from some sources have certainly not been realized at all.” We all know what happened then…
Through the tumultuous Iran-Iraq war, America supported Saddam Hussein’s slaughter of hundreds of thousands of Iranians, while Reagan and Bush were secretly selling weapons to the Ayatollah. All the bluster in the world couldn’t hide the fact that America put a pretty low value on Muslim blood. Fact is, America’s track record, with presidents of both parties, is pretty horrible.
Fast-forward to the present. Iranians just had a farce of an election; the people’s voices were not heard, and there’s rioting in the streets once again. All indications are that casualties will sharply increase now that the Supreme Leader has given his final word on the election results. Oh, yeah, he also threatened to have anyone who disagreed with those results killed on the spot…
And for the first time in decades, the American President has been virtually silent. He’s commented on the human rights aspect of the situation, but not the politics therein. This has infuriated his detractors, both at home and abroad. Good. Sometimes the best thing you can do is just sit back and let a situation play itself out, not inject yourself into the mix. Right now, it’s clear the Iranian people are on our side, it’s the leaders of that “democracy” that are not.
And no amount of political posturing can beat that.