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,