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Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Paul Craig Roberts, "Iran faces greater risks than it knows," Information Clearinghouse, June 17, 2009.

The signs are intended for the western
media, not for the Iranian government.

Stephen Kinzer’s book, All the Shah's men: An American Coup and the Roots of Middle East, tells the story of the overthrow of Iran’s democratically elected leader, Mohammed Mosaddeq, by the CIA and the British MI6 in 1953. The CIA bribed Iranian government officials, businessmen, and reporters, and paid Iranians to demonstrate in the streets.

The 1953 street demonstrations, together with the cold war claim that the US had to grab Iran before the Soviets did, served as the US government’s justification for overthrowing Iranian democracy. What the Iranian people wanted was not important.

  Some observers, such as George Friedman believe that the American destabilization plan will fail.

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