It’s Not the Economy Stupid, It’s Your Stupid Foreign Policy: How to Get Rid of Our Oligarchs

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Isn’t what’s going on in the Ukraine, this attempt at regime change, which is unfortunately on the verge of turning into a full blown proxy-civil war (2) threatening to bring about the Balkanization of the region, the same game that has been played out in countless other countries for the better part of the last century?

I. 1953 Regime Change in Iran

It was the 1953 CIA instigated coup of the democratically elected government of Iran that really began the regime changing endeavors of the Western superpowers.

The first attempt of a Middle Eastern country to free themselves of Western control of their resources occurred with Iran in 1951 when the democratically elected president, Dr. Mohammed Mosaddeq, nationalizated Iran’s oil industry. Unfortunately, however, Western powers would not stand idly by while Iranians took control of their own resources, which is why in 1953 the CIA, following instructions from Britain, organized a coup against Dr. Mosaddeq and overthrew the government.

This was a well-documented event and general knowledge among all those who have lived in the Middle East and Asia for decades, but was not well known in the West until the year 2000 when the United States government released documents on the operation, and apologized to Iran and its people for the devastation that it unleashed.

The following short two-part documentary is a good introduction to this topic, and without a doubt, should be mandatory viewing in school curriculums in the United States and the UK.

Operation Ajax: Iran and the CIA Coup in 1953 Pt. 1/2

Operation Ajax: Iran and the CIA Coup in 1953 Pt. 2/2

It was the fall of Mohammad Mosaddeq more than any other event in the last century that has empowered and given credence to the covert undertakings of the CIA and the military–industrial complex as well as the neoconservative oil barons and their banking associates on Wall Street – from now on referred to as the oligarchs.

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  • fizmath

    Yes, and you can usually tell by the way the US media covers these events and how they pick the good and evil sides for us. Everything about Ukraine smells like a CIA color revolution, just like in Libya and Syria.

  • BuzzCoastin

    the authors should be very careful about their allegations
    we all know the freely elected government of the US
    is only interested in spreading America freedom wherever it can
    without regards as to how profitable a US type democracy can be for oligarchs
    but merely out of concern for oppressed peoples
    in fact
    without the help of the wondrrful US government
    countries like Iraq, Afghanistan, Libia, Egypt
    would not enjoy the fruits of US democracy today

    • AManCalledDa-da

      Note: “American freedom” is now an oxymoron.

      • American Cannibal

        heh.

      • American Cannibal

        I like your blog.

  • InfvoCuernos

    I think that the basic assumption in the title-that the oligarchs are doing something wrong, or “stupid” assumes that they aren’t getting things exactly the way they want. They just don’t care what we think or who gets ground up in the process of their making more money and gaining more control. We’re stupid for letting them get away with it for so long.

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