Iran was justified

Antelope Valley Press - - OPINION -

Ac­cord­ing to a so­cial me­dia meme, “We are not start­ing a war with Iran. Iran has been at war with the U.S. for 41 years. Just once, we fought back.” Non­sense.

To­ward a con­tex­tual un­der­stand­ing of this lat­est cri­sis, I of­fer the fol­low­ing in­for­ma­tion to all draft-age men.

In 1951, Iran’s demo­crat­i­cally elected Prime Min­is­ter Mo­ham­mad Mosad­deq na­tion­al­ized Iran’s oil re­serves and be­gan to use the wealth de­rived for the ben­e­fit of the Ira­nian peo­ple rather than Western oil cap­i­tal­ists. In 1953, the U.S. govern­ment, specif­i­cally then-Sec­re­tary of State John Dulles, and his brother - then-CIA Di­rec­tor Allen Dulles over­threw Mosad­deq. The U.S. govern­ment re­placed Mos­sadeq with the bru­tally re­pres­sive dic­ta­tor Mo­ham­mad Reza Pahlavi (aka “the Shah of Iran”).

Pahlavi’s bru­tal­ity, which saw to the tor­ture and mur­der of tens of thou­sands of Ira­ni­ans from 1953 to 1979, was fa­cil­i­tated by his CIA­trained

se­cret po­lice, the

SAVAK.

That was the con­text be­hind the Ira­nian takeover of the Amer­i­can em­bassy in Tehran, Iran (1979). In brief, the Ira­nian peo­ple were jus­ti­fi­ably up­set with the U.S., which was di­rectly re­spon­si­ble for the Shah’s bar­bar­ity.

In ad­di­tion, the Dulles brother’s law firm rep­re­sented stan­dard oil, whose as­sets were threat­ened by the na­tion­al­iza­tion of (Iran’s) oil. More­over, the over­throw of Iran’s govern­ment is not the only ex­am­ple of the U.S. top­pling a demo­crat­i­cally elected govern­ment at the be­hest of cap­i­tal­ists. Other sam­plings in­clude Gu­atemala (1954), Congo (1960), Brazil (1964), Chile (1973), Gre­nada (1983), Hon­duras (2009), etc.

So, in re­al­ity, it is the U.S. that has been at war with Iran for some 70 years. Iran is, there­fore justified by its mil­i­tary ac­tions against the United States. And Amer­i­can work­ers need to re­sist the U.S. war ma­chine and al­low cap­i­tal­ists to fight their wars them­selves.

Guy Marsh

Lan­caster

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