I have heard not one media mention of the fundamental fact that in 1953 the British and our CIA launched a joint operation to destabilize the Iranian government — and to protect our dominant oil interests there and replace the duly elected Prime Minister Mohammed Mossadegh and his cabinet with the brutal regime of the Shah — which was only replaced in turn by the Iranian Counterrevolution in 1979:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Ajax

http://www.fas.org/irp/world/iran/savak/index.html

It is hard to believe that this omission is innocent, given the cruel impact that it had on the Iranians whose oil was being grabbed. Certainly it has not been forgotten by Iranian school children now being threatened by a ‘shock and awe’ massive bombing attack much publicized as a likely near future event:

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3449000,00.html

Now we are at it again? Oil above people over there?

“A war is just if there is no alternative, and the resort to arms is legitimate if they represent your last hope.” (Livy cited by Machiavelli)

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