posted on Sep, 28 2013 @ 11:13 PM
reply to post by VoidHawk
Thats the problem with the BBC, its ALL bite sized chunks, they never go into anything in depth.
Never the less, as I mentioned in the OP,
The facts it presents are easily verified on the internet or at your local library.
The people of Iran have suffered from Great Power meddling for a very long time. It began in 1796, at which point America was not even a player in
geopolitics. The British and Russians manoeuvred for influence and control in Iran throughout the nineteenth century; they called it the Great Game.
In 1907 they split the country up into 'spheres of influence', disregarding the fact that it already had its own government — a constitutional
monarchy with consultative institutions, no less.
During the First World War, Iran was occupied by the British, the Russians and the Ottomans, despite its declared neutrality. In 1941, the British and
Russians jointly invaded the country to pre-empt any attempt by the Axis to make use of Iranian oilfields. After the war, the Russians refused to
leave and had to be thrown out.
The anti-Mossadegh coup was the first instance of direct American involvement. Since then, however, America has taken over the role once played by
Britain in the oppression of Iran and her peoples by the West.
The history of Western relations with Iran is a catalogue of shame, and for sixty years the leading culprit has been the United States. That doesn't
exonerate the other powers, but it is currently the most salient fact concerning those relations and the main point of my original post.
edit on 28/9/13 by Astyanax because: we need space! Space!