HISTORY: THE SHAH OF IRAN, MOSADDEGH, DEMOCRACY, the CIA and the PRESENT

I wouldn’t even know—and I spent three years in the CIA—I wouldn’t even know how you’d start a covert action program in a place like Iran. It would be extraordinarily difficult.
Frank Carlucci

Maybe by reading a little classified and/or even declassified history.

I’ve written about this bit of history in Iran before in my unlearned way, but here is a piece of it (I only watched the first part) that is a reminder of how compelling that period, up to the present, is; an historical thriller, with great intrigue and danger, and deceit, and power, except it’s all real, and real people, citizens, with hearts and families are indirectly yet seriously involved—as always with history.

This first part begins in the 1920s, when the last Shah’s military father (Reza Shah) came to power via a coup, overthrowing the monarchy and proclaiming himself Shah; the occupation of Iran by the British and the Russians in WWII, and their eventual forced overthrow of the leader with the replacement of his son, the Shah (Mohammad Reza Pahlavi); the overthrow of the parliamentary elected Prime Minister Dr. Mohammad Mosaddegh in the early ’50s (with big help from British and American Intelligence) and leading to the return of the Shah, in 1953, to Iran.

What it all means about the Iranian Revolution in 1979/80, the brutal Islamic leadership thereafter up to the present, and any honest discussion about democracy, is any one’s guess, and much according to one’s particular political leaning.

Heck, almost all of us are simply rambling less-than-understood or inspired positions from our proverbial and comfortable armchairs. Nonetheless, as humans we do this, and must do it, due to our large brain and perhaps, to a degree, the wonders of refrigeration and the time it left for intrigue and conversation amongst the unwashed masses. Okay, I showered this morning, but you get my point.

May kindness, compassion, discernment, love and humour be on the side you choose—oh, and as the conservative Jimmy Stewart said in Mr. Smith Goes to Washington:

“I wouldn’t give you two cents for all your fancy rules if, behind them, they didn’t have a little bit of plain, ordinary, everyday kindness—and a little lookin’ out for the other fella, too.”

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