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An overdue essay.
on May 5, 2008
I was fascinated by the title of the book, imagining that it may deal with those murderers of the Shah’s regime, who took their fortune to US just before the fall of the regime. Quite a few of them are amongst the most horrendous murderers of CIA supervised SAVAK or corrupt government officials who had made great fortune by devastating a poor nation. Those were also "Shah's Men". To my surprise, there was no mention of them, or the pro-monarchist satellite emitted propaganda these people are presently launching against Iran.
Mr. Kinzer, has also described Iranians as the most pro-American people of the Middle East (preface to the 2008 edition, pp. xii). Is he referring to the above mentioned group of Iranians who lobby the American government to take action against Iran? The average intellectual Iranian fears the American government to death.
Also, is it a coincidence that Mr. Kinzer fails to describe the role that CIA and SAVAK played in Iran during 25 years after the coup by torture-killing tens of thousand intellectual Iranians who opposed the pro-American Shah's regime? These crimes left the religious leaders to be the only powerful opposition, who finally disposed Shah. This is, I believe, the main reasons for having at present a religious and not a progressist government in Iran.
It is also questionable why the book did not appear during or immediately after the American Embassy crisis, since this event was a direct result of the 1953 American plot in Iran. The reason may be the author wants to connect Iran with the 9-11 events. He clearly describes his baseless point of view in Chapter 12 and few other parts of the book. I agree that the Islamic Republic is imposing a form of religious fascism at home, and they financially support some of Shiite activists around the world, but considering them as accomplices of Al-Qaeda in 9-11 attack or marking them as allies of Taliban is simply a distortion of reality. It is well known that Taliban and later Al-Qaeda are the results of a US plot against the Soviets in Afghanistan. Taliban were armed and financially supported by the Americans tax payers' money following a well planned project known as "Afghanistan Trap" to implicate USSR there. Later, they harbored Al-Qaeda's training camps in Afghanistan, under close observation of the USA. I refer the interested reader to Noam Chomsky's 9-11 in this connection.
If Iran's government was implicated in 9-11 and other terrorist activities against the US interest around the world, then why did the US attack Iraq and not Iran? Is CIA with billions of dollars budget that mislead?