What’s the Fuss About?
By: Kian Mokhtari
Let’s ask the entire world why there is such a fuss being made about Iran?
Most free minded people are aware that the pretexts for the invasion of Iraq have turned out to be a pack of lies. Anti-war demonstrators in the US and Britain, have routinely held up banners that read: “No blood for oil.”
This is because the anti-war camp in the UK and the US have known for a very long time that the existence of “weapons of mass destruction” in Iraq and the so-called “war against terrorism” elsewhere served as mere pretexts for massive military takeovers of energy resources rich countries outside the US and UK corporate control. There is no talk of human rights and the total absence of democracy in the oil and gas rich Middle Eastern countries which are “allied” to the US. There is no pressure on any of them to dump their plans for attaining nuclear energy. In fact even if there are major political issues within such countries they are quietly and quickly swept under the carpet.
And as if by magic a supposed Muslim bomber trained by Al Qaeda in the oil rich southern Yemen props up and tries –very unsuccessfully- to blow up a plane bound for the US. Is this the justification thought up in London and Washington for the burgeoning US military presence in Yemen we ask ourselves? And how long will it take before the British soldiers join their American co-conspirators?
With Iraq under occupation, Saudi Arabia and the UAE already under political control and now Yemen’s vast oil and gas rich south steadily garrisoned by the US forces, around half of the world energy reserves fall under the UK/US control.
The odd country out in the Middle East is Iran, with the world’s third largest oil, and second largest gas reserves.
So new pretexts have to be thought up to bring Iran’s resources under control!
Should they succeed, the US and the UK would be sitting on the world’s lifeblood and will be able to blackmail the rest of the world, including all the EU nations -bar Britain that is already in on the act.
Do Germany and France know that their new found prominence in the EU means nothing if Britain and the US control the entire Middle Eastern energy reserves?
A pretext to destabilize Iran was not long in the making. Cockamamie allegations of election fraud backed by rent-a-crowd tactics failed as the massive popular support for the Islamic Republic became clear. So other avenues had to be explored. The failed US and British shock and awe tactics following Iran’s presidential elections were revised and replaced with a street war of attrition strategy -involving a mixture of rent-a-crowd and mislead public demonstrations.
But the failure of the US/UK attempted coup in Iran, and its significance has not been lost on three major powerhouses i.e. Russia, Japan and China. Energy hungry Japan and China have cottoned on to the audacity of the Anglo-American plan. With no natural energy resources of their own, both countries rely heavily on the Middle East for their needs and both countries shun being underdogs to globally dictatorial militant regimes of Britain and the US.
Does anyone realize why Russia and China resist sanctions against Iran now? Does anyone understand why the Zionist controlled mouthpieces keep alleging that Iran is after nuclear weapons despite dozens of IAEA reports that give Iran’s civilian nuclear energy program a clear bill of health?
The attempted Anglo-American takeover of the Islamic Republic of Iran’s energy resources and thus a total advantage over their global rivals will prove a bridge too far. We in Iran counter Obama’s “audacity of hope” with audacity of reason. Our revolution was audacious and we remain vigilant while we advise the world against being taken in by the Anglo-American dark forces of exploitation and colonialism.
In the words of George Jacques Danton, the great French revolutionary: Il nous faut de l’audace, et encore de l’audace, et toujours de l’audace— "We need audacity, and yet more audacity, and always audacity!"
After the shameful Ashura Day MI6/CIA orchestrated protests, Obama has predictably condemned what he calls “Iran's crackdown on protesters”. On Monday, British Foreign Secretary David Miliband also hailed what he called the “great courage” of those who took part in the illegal protests.
Iran's Foreign Ministry has summoned the British Ambassador to Tehran, Simon Lawrence Gass, to let the “little man” know what’s what and what’s not!
Advocates of Democracy?
By: Kian Mokhtari
Mohammad Mosaddeq was born in 1882 in Tehran to an Ashtiani Bakhtiari finance minister, Mirza Hideyatu'llah Khan and a Qajar princess, Shahzadeh Malika Taj Khanum.
Mossadeq received his Bachelor of Arts and Masters in (International) Law from University of Paris (Sorbonne) before pursuing higher education in Switzerland. He received his Doctor of Philosophy in 1914 following a Bachelor of Economics in 1916. He also taught at the University of Tehran before beginning his political career.
In 1920, after being self-exiled to Switzerland in protest at the Anglo-Persian Treaty of 1919, he was invited by the new Persian Prime Minister, Hassan Pirnia, to become his Minister of Justice. He was later appointed Foreign Minister in the government of Moshir-ed-Dowleh in June 1923. He was re-elected to the Majlis in the same year and voted against the selection of the then Prime Minister Reza Khan as the new Shah of Iran.
After living as a political outcast throughout Reza Khan's monarchy, Mossaddeq was once again elected to parliament in 1944. This time he took the lead of Jebhe Melli Iran or Iran Patriotic Front. He aimed throughout his turbulent life to establish democracy and end the foreign presence in Iranian politics, especially by nationalizing the Anglo-Iranian Oil Company’s (AIOC) operations in Iran.
Having been appointed premier on April 28 1951, Mossaddeq explained his nationalization policy in his speech of June 21, 1951:
"…With the oil revenues we could meet our entire budget and combat poverty, disease, and backwardness among our people…by the elimination of the power of the British company, we would also eliminate corruption and intrigue, by means of which the internal affairs of our country have been influenced. Once this tutelage has ceased, Iran will have achieved its economic and political independence. The Iranian state prefers to take over the production of petroleum itself. The company should do nothing else but return its property to the rightful owners. The nationalization law provide that 25% of the net profits on oil be set aside to meet all the legitimate claims of the company for compensation… It has been asserted abroad that Iran intends to expel the foreign oil experts from the country and then shut down oil installations. Not only is this allegation absurd; it is utter invention…"
In October 1952, Mossaddeq declared that Britain was "an enemy", and cut all diplomatic relations with the United Kingdom. In November and December 1952, British intelligence officials suggested to American "intelligence" that the prime minister should be ousted. The new US administration under Dwight D. Eisenhower and the British government under Winston Churchill agreed to work together toward Mossaddeq’s removal. In March 1953, Secretary of State John Foster Dulles directed the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), which was headed by his younger brother Allen Dulles, to draft plans to overthrow Mossaddeq.
The pro-monarchy forces, led by retired army general and former Minister of Interior in Mosaddeq’s cabinet, Fazlollah Zahedi and street thugs like Shaban Jafari (also known as Shaban "the Brainless") gained the upper hand on 18 August 1953. Dr Mohammad Mossadeq was unceremoniously removed from an office he had been democratically elected to by Anglo-American "28 Mordad 1332" coup -Operation Ajax, after its CIA cryptonym.
Mossaddeq was imprisoned by the former Shah of Iran for three years and subsequently put under house arrest until his death.
Mohammad Reza Pahlavi returned from exile to the throne assisted by CIA and MI6 and squandered whatever economic advantages had been gained through nationalization of oil in Iran.
Today, Iran is once again at a crucial crossroads to make up for its future requirements through technological, economic and political progression that requires time. And once again the old enemies are back to defame our nation, to provoke and interfere with our political path; to tear apart the very fabric of our society and to create cracks in our history's consistency so they can replace our words and truths with falsities of their own, subjugate our proud land and slander our cultural heritage.
And those of us familiar with the jest and fancy of our historical foes can do little than humbly and wholeheartedly forewarn of the consequences.
We beg the Almighty's guidance in our journey.