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Lies, Misinformation, Demonization Will Inevitably Bring on U.S.-iran War

Lies, Misinformation, Demonization Will Inevitably Bring on U.S.-iran War

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Published by Horatio Green
We deposed Iran’s elected leader, reinstated the Shah, and all was dandy. Until, that is, the Iranians overthrew the government, took over our embassy, and held Americans hostage. We have held a grudge ever since, making prospects for peace unlikely.
We deposed Iran’s elected leader, reinstated the Shah, and all was dandy. Until, that is, the Iranians overthrew the government, took over our embassy, and held Americans hostage. We have held a grudge ever since, making prospects for peace unlikely.

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Lies, Misinformation, Demonization Will Inevitably BringOn U.S.-Iran War
“Iranian scientists have run computer simulations for a nuclear weapon that would produce morethan triple the explosive force of the World War II bomb that destroyed Hiroshima,”according to the Associated Press.So here we go again: forces at work creatingfear based on false data, drumming up publicsupport for a military response to Iran’s nuclear threat. That fabrication is not any different fromthe “mushroom cloud” metaphor used to garner public support for the invasion of Iraq.If people know the reasons why the United States and Iran hate each other, it should alert them tothe possibility that such a claim may be false. The roots of the U.S.-Iran relationship of hate andmistrust go back some 60 years.
In 1953, the CIA overthrew Iran's democracy
The United States and Great Britain covertly  plotted a military coupthat ousted Iran's democratically elected Prime Minister Mohammed Mossadegh and returned the former monarch,Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi to power.
In 1963, the Iranian Revolution deposed the U.S. installed Pro-American Shah
Shia cleric Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini led an uprising in opposition to the Shah. The Shahshut down the opposition, arrested Khomeini, and forced him into exile.In 1979, strikes and demonstrations paralyzed Iran, this time forcing the Shah into exile.Khomeini returned to establish an Islamic republic, and became the countries spiritual and political leader.Soon after the Shah’s exile, with President Jimmy Carter’s approval, he traveled to the U.S. for cancer treatment.On November 4, 1979, demanding that the Shah be returned to Iran for trial and execution,Islamist overran the U.S. embassy in Tehran. They took 52 hostages and held them for 444 days,
 
which created a major crisisfor President Jimmy Carter to the end of his presidency.In 1981, as Ronald Reagan was reciting his oath of office, the 52 American hostages werereleased. “The Iranians' message was blunt and unambiguous: Carter and his administration had been punished for America's sins against Iran, and Reagan was being offered a conciliatorygesture in anticipation of improved behavior by Washington,”according to the Washington Post.
President Reagan, in collusion with Israel, unlawfully sold weapons to Iran in an arms-for-hostages deal
Known as theIran-Contra Affair ,President Reagan’s administration secretly arranged to finance  Nicaraguan contra rebels with funds from profits derived from selling weapons to Iran via Israel.It was an arms-for-hostages deal for the release of American hostages held by pro-Iranian groupsin Lebanon.
Throughout President Reagan’s presidency, his administration supported Iraq in their warwith Iran
In 1984, Reagan established full diplomatic relations with Saddam Hussein by removing Iraqfrom the list of State Sponsors of Terrorism.During the war, the Reagan Administration approved the sale of weapons to Iraq, includingchemical and biological weapons, which Iraq used against the Iranians.
In 1987 and 1988, Reagan attacked Iran
 
in protection of Kuwaiti shipping during the Iran-Iraq War
In 1987, the U.S. Navy attacked two Iranian oil platforms in the Persian Gulf in response to anIranian missile attack on a Kuwaiti oil tanker. Reagan authorized the U.S. Navy toattack the Iranian Navy and gulf observation platforms in1988 in retaliation for damages to a Navy Ship by an Iranian mine in the Persian Gulf.In 1988, a Navy guided missile cruiser shot down Iranian Airbus A300B2, a scheduledcommercial flight in Iranian airspace, in which 290 civilians, including 66 children, were killed.

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