The year was 1953. A kid named Elvis Aaron Presley had begun recording in Memphis studios and the CIA was working like mad behind the scenes to topple Mohammad Mossadegh and re-install a constitutional monarch, Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi, more to the liking of US and British oil companies. The fomenting of a coup against one of the most democratically elected leaders of a Muslim country should have been a disgrace at the time. But it was 1953 and you could sell it as "stopping communism" with three weeks of leaking the right information to the media...we all went back to discovering Elvis and never discovered what our own government was capable of when forced to chose between oil and authentic democracy. We, the US via the CIA, set in motion a chain of events: enabling a despot, exiling Ayatollah Khomeni, the rise of Savak...and so on, but then seemed to be collectively mystified as to why the Iranians mistrusted and disliked us.
The year is 2007 and there is only one closet full of neocon morons left in the whole world who think we can just do 1953 all over again. If the rush to possess the bomb is the Iranian response to the threats the US has already made to Iran, why on earth are further threats and hostile acts expected to have a different effect? Its almost too late to try the carrot rather than the stick, almost. This administration should be in jail, listening to "Jailhouse Rock" endlessly.
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