if you'll forgive me for the massive thread, i'd like to talk about an important moment in world history that i wish more people knew about.
it is largely credited as the moment the united states, fueled by greed and fear, began the long process of destabilizing the middle east.
why did the brits and americans hate mossadegh? because he stood up to decades of exploitation at the hands of western greed & imperialism.
under the d'arcy oil concession, the british had free reign to drill across a section of iran bigger than california and texas combined.
in 1908, after some initial hardship, the british finally struck oil in iran. a lot of it. and so the anglo-persian oil company was formed.
in 1913, with a world war on the horizon, the british government saw a need for more cheap iranian oil and purchased half of APOC for £2mil.
the d'arcy royalty terms promised 16% oil profits to iran, but the calculations for even that small sum were getting shadier and shadier.
in 1933, a new agreement was reached. the newly renamed anglo-iranian oil company promised better pay and working conditions. they lied.
during all of this, a new coalition was forming in iran. one that was pro-democracy and against brutal foreign control of its own resources.
it's important to note that iranians actually liked americans back then. their few interactions with us were positive. until operation ajax.
the only chance the british saw to wrest back control of iranian oil was to overthrow and replace mossadegh, but they wanted US support.
needless to say, america's role in destabilizing iran's government in 1953 has had lasting consequences for the region and the entire world.
since WWII, the united states has interfered in over 80 foreign governments. iran was our first major and successful coup.
i only knew about this because i'm half-iranian, but it took until 2013 for the CIA to officially, on the record, admit its involvement.
this little known but undeniably momentous historical event is one that i wish more of my fellow americans knew about. perspective is key.
there's been a lot of talk lately about not erasing history, but americans forget their own history all the time. and that erases the truth.
the truth is this: mossadegh was a progressive who dared to stand in the face of western oppression and empire, and for it he was put down.
mossadegh's famous quote, "if i sit silently, i have sinned," is one that i think about a lot and that i wish everyone would take to heart.
if you care to learn more about this, please read "all the shah's men" by stephen kinzer, a major source for a lot of these facts & details.
also play the cat and the coup, a free documentary game on steam that creatively summarizes a couple key events. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WVYdzvHXYlg …
when you watch the news and wonder why iran or north korea hate us, don't stop there. research. read. we are often denied the full story.
i encourage everyone to challenge familiar, comfortable perspectives and realize the truth doesn't always lie in the ones handed to us.
thanks for listening.
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