All The Shah's Men: The Postive Change In Iran

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In 1953, the United States violently stopped Iran’s plan towards freedom by overthrowing the Prime Minister. This action was horrible for both countries. A half century later Iraq was invaded by another group of American leaders. The effects of this was equally devastating. Despite the failure some still believed that a positive change could be brought to Iran. Iranian dissident Akbar Ganji says “...That political change in Iran is necessary, but it cannot be achieved through foreign intervention” (Kinzer xvii). Iranians believe that America only value Iran for its vast energy resources, the role that they play in regional politics, and that Iranian basic rights and welfare is irrelevant to American policymakers. When the Americans overthrew the Prime Minister Iranian society lost one of the biggest opportunities to establish a democracy. If the U.S were to attack again it would halt the national trade in petroleum. “Some in Washington seem more determined to take long-delayed revenge on Iran that they are to build a new relationship with its government and people.” (Kinzer xix). Until the U.S is ready to stop refusing to talk with Iran there will be no improvement in their relationship.
The coup that was being staged had been ordered by none other than President Eisenhower and Prime Minister Churchill. In 1953 many thought of Americans as “friends, supporters of the fragile democracy that they had spent half a century trying to build. It was Britain in their minds that had exploited them. The British luxuriously controlled the production and sale of Iranian oil. The British lived high and mighty off of the “wealth that flowed from beneath Iran’s soil while the Iranians lived in poverty. This injustice irritated the Iranian. They finally turned to Mossadegh. He voiced their anger at the AIOC. Mossadegh threatened...

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