60 years ago today: CIA overthrows Iran's democratically elected leaderSubmitted by Muhammad Mossadegh on Mon, 08/19/2013 - 17:50
August 19th, 1953, 60 years ago today, the CIA overthrew Iran's Prime Minister, Muhammad Mossadegh, and installed a dictator sympathetic to US imperialism, Shah Pahlavi. The coup would prove to be one of the worst US foreign policy mistakes in all of history, as 26 years later, when Shah Pahlavi's dictatorship proved too much for the Iranian people to bear, a popular revolt against the government took place and hostages at the US embassy were taken in retaliation for the US's support of the Pahlavi regime.
Make no mistake: There would never have been any problems with Iran if the CIA had not overthrown Muhammad Mossadegh.
There would have been no Ayatollah Khomeini. There would have been no Iranian Revolution against the Shah and the US. There would have been no hostages. Most importantly of all, there would be no scaremongering of the Iranian regime building nuclear weapons in order to attack Israel, an accusation for which today there is still absolutely no evidence whatsoever.
It all started somewhere. It started today, 60 years ago, on August 19th 1953. Never forget.
R.I.P. Muhammad Mossadegh, genuine leader of Iran.
Profile of Muhammad Mossadegh, leader of Iran
Profile of Kermit Roosevelt, CIA mastermind of the coup:
New York Times history of the coup:
Legacy of Ashes: A History of the CIA by Tim Weiner
Chapter 9: CIA'S SINGLE GREATEST TRIUMPH (History of the Iran Coup)
Video history of modern Iran: