Women can now dress more freely in Iran. Americans might be cheering them on today, but the U.S. Government played a major role in oppressing them in the first place.
WARNING: History lesson coming in three…two…one…
The reason Iran devolved from being a fairly progressive country to an oppressive theocracy was due to the U.S. overthrowing their beloved, secular, and democratically elected leader in the 1950’s. Even former Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright (a shameless war criminal by any definition) previously admitted:
“In 1953 the United States played a significant role in orchestrating the overthrow of Iran’s popular prime minister, Mohammad Mosaddegh. The Eisenhower Administration believed its actions were justified for strategic reasons; but the coup was clearly a setback for Iran’s political development. And it is easy to see now why many Iranians continue to resent this intervention by America in their internal affairs.”
Many Iranians still regard Mosaddegh as a leading champion for secular democracy in the middle-east and a symbol of resistance to foreign domination. Mosaddegh was removed from power in a coup in August 1953, organized and carried out by the CIA at the request of MI6, which chose Iranian General Fazlollah Zahedi to succeed Mosaddegh.
The Shah’s military regime was oppressive and many of his policies alienated Iran’s Muslim leaders, whose anger eventually led to the Islamic Revolution of 1979, during which the Iranian people began to first use the phrase “death to America”.
The U.S. has been outright overthrowing democratically-elected secular leaders and appointing oppressive dictators as standard policy for decades. The U.S. has remained hostile toward Iran ever since, particularly when President Bush recklessly declared Iran as part of an “axis of evil” in his State of the Union address, right alongside Iraq and North Korea, despite none of these countries actually being a threat to the United States.
Watch Bush blatantly lie right here:
Saudi Arabia, meanwhile, still performs public beheadings for “offenses” as minor as smoking weed, petty theft, and homosexuality while a Saudi Prince funded the 9-11 hijackers. The U.S. responded by continuing to buy Saudi oil and selling them over half a trillion dollars worth of weapons (including cluster-bombs, which are illegal) to help facilitate a takeover of the middle-east. Currently the Saudis are bombing the hell out of Yemen, one of the poorest nations in the world, with intelligence and logistical support from the U.S.
According to the UN, 10,000 Yemenis civilians have been killed and 40,000 injured. Also due to the conflict an outbreak of Cholera has spread, with over one million infected including 600,000 children. Children under five account for a quarter of all cases.
We should be allies with Iran and encouraging progressive, secular democracies. Instead we set them back decades and are now helping Saudi Arabia to slaughter the Yemeni people. Clearly we’ve been backing a very wrong horse for a very long time. But what else did you expect?
This is business as usual for the American Gestapo and it won’t end until the American people launch their own coup, remove their long-corrupted leaders, and chart a more humane trajectory for international relations. If not, the U.S. will only further cement itself as an enemy of the world rather than a force for the greater good.
We have an opportunity to avoid that outcome, but it will require sacrifice. Are we selfish enough to allow this to continue?