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In order to pay for the damages it caused to U.S. businesses and to itself, BP will likely resort to its historic strategy of how it became an oil giant in the first place. And the U.S. will once again help the corporation as we did in 1953 when a covert CIA plot overthrew Iran’s democratically elected Prime Minister Mohammed Mossadegh and instated an authoritarian regime in order to acquire that country’s oil. The coup proved to be a successful covert experiment for the U.S. when The National Iranian Oil Company was transformed into British Petroleum in 1954. Iran’s illustrious experiment was also catalytic in helping the U.S. make similar coups a norm in various Middle Eastern and Latin American countries including Iraq, Guatemala, Nicaragua, and Panama to overthrow leaders noncompliant toward imperialistic demands. In 1979, Iran’s Islamic Revolution ousted BP from the country and attained back its resources; but for the past few years U.S. officials have again been looking toward Iran, which still has the world’s third largest oil reserves. Our politicians have been pressing Iran to stymie its nuclear enrichment program which they claim is a threat to Israel’s security – perhaps in the same way the imaginary Weapons of Mass Destruction in Iraq were a threat to the U.S. in 2003. In June, our powerful nation successfully pressured the United Nations to impose economic sanctions on the recalcitrant Iran but such diplomatic stunts are designed to be expired the moment corporate greed demands again.