Iran: What’s The Big Secret?

The whole world knows of the problems that Iran has caused worldwide since 1979…..the hostages, the nuke thing, its hatred of Israel and so on….and on….and on.  Well all that is up to interpretation…….

Let’s take a short trip in the “way back machine” to 1953 and the events up to that year…..first Persia, as it was known for eons,  becomes Iran in 1935……1941 - The Shah’s pro-Axis allegiance in World War II leads to the Anglo-Russian occupation of Iran and the deposition of the Shah in favour of his son, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi.  1950 - Ali Razmara becomes prime minister and is assassinated less than nine months later. He is succeeded by the nationalist, Mohammad  1951 April – Parliament votes to nationalise the oil industry, which is dominated by the British-owned Anglo-Iranian Oil Company. Britain imposes an embargo and a blockade, halting oil exports and hitting the economy. A power struggle between the Shah and Mossadeq ensues and the Shah flees the country in August 1953.

Now you are caught up with the events from Persia becoming Iran to the year of a coup that brought the shah into power….

Let me bring the events of 1953 into focus…….1953 August – Mossadeq is overthrown in a coup engineered by the British and American intelligence services. General Fazlollah Zahedi is proclaimed as prime minister and the Shah returns.

That coup lead to the Shah regaining power that lasted into the 1970’s when he was removed from power by a popular uprising…..

A long waited report on the coup which was lead by the CIA has stayed classified……but why?

Jason Ditz brings us a bit more info on this report……

In 1953, the CIA orchestrated a coup d’etat against the democratically elected government of Iranian Premier Mohammad Mossadegh, installing Shah Reza Pahlavi.

It’s no secret that the CIA did it, and the US has admitted it time and again, but the State Department has announced it is once again delaying the release of its study on the coup, claiming the admission would undermine “ongoing negotiations with Iran.”

The coup was carried out primarily for the benefit of British oil interests, as Mossadegh was planning nationalization. Legally speaking, the State Department was only supposed to keep the history secret for 30 years.

It’s hard to imagine anything in the history of the coup is unknown, let alone that it could do any further harm to US-Iranian relations after decades of acrimony. Still, the lure of secrecy seems to be winning out among officials, as usual.

This could lead to a wealth of conspiracies, that is if anyone cared enough to even know about this report……but this is just another story that most Americans will glaze over on their way to the comics.

My thought is that is more to the coup than the socialistic leanings of the new, popularly elected PM……..my guess is a major corporation or more had a major influence and it is not time for us mere mortals to be told…..

Any thoughts?

Israeli Ex-Atomic Chief: Iran 10 Years Away from Nuclear Weapons « LobeLog.com

Since the early 80’s Israel has been telling the west that Iran is from 3 months to a year away from acquiring a nuke……and for about as long there have been people telling the world that Israel is playing the west like a cheap flute…..

Soon there will be another statement on how close Iran is to developing a nuke……wait for it!

 

Israeli Ex-Atomic Chief: Iran 10 Years Away from Nuclear Weapons « LobeLog.com.

War Hawks Rejoice!

There has been very little for the Congressional war hawks to cheer about….diplomacy seems to be winning the day…..but they did great a minor boost from the Ukrainian situation….they can remake Russia into the beast it was during the Cold War…….

But this past week end they have more ammo to use for an increae in defense spending at least to make a good argument for it……..

Let’s see what happened to aid the hawks……

Iran has named a member of the militant group that held 52 Americans hostage in Tehran for 444 days to be its next ambassador to the United Nations.

The Iranian government has applied for a U.S. visa for Hamid Aboutalebi, Iran’s former ambassador to Belgium and Italy, who was a member of the Muslim Students Following the Imam’s Line, a group of radical students that seized the U.S. embassy on Nov. 4, 1979. Imam was an honorific used for Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the leader of the Islamic Revolution.

Can you hear that sucking sound?  It is John McCain’s head readying to implode……..

But wait there is more!

We have been told….over and over and over and …………about the evils that is North Korea….and now they just helped the case against them……

Having tried out mid-range ballistic missiles in recent weeks, North Korea said today it may conduct a “new form” of nuclear test, the New York Times reports. Pyongyang officials didn’t clarify, but the US and its allies have long thought North Korea wants to build small, sophisticated nuclear devices that can ride piggyback on its new missiles. A spokesman for South Korea’s foreign ministry said North Korea “will have to pay a price” if it ignores international concerns and carries out the test.

For its part, North Korea accused the UN of “turning a blind eye” to “US madcap nuclear war exercises” while denouncing North Korea’s, Reuters reports. North Korea also said it wants the ability to hit medium- and long-range targets “with a variety of striking power.” Tensions between North and South Korea eased last month, when elderly people separated by the Korean War were allowed short reunions, but the North has since returned to harsh rhetoric—and a paper by a nuclear expert cited the “disquieting possibility” that North Korea is building a network of tunnels to carry out regular nuclear tests with highly enriched uranium.

Damn…..a busy weekend and what else could go wrong?

Glad you asked.

South Korea has fired shells into North Korean waters after their rivals sent more than 100 rounds below the disputed sea boundary during a live-fire drill.

The heated artillery exchange was prompted by an unusual warning fax sent from the North to the South, informing them of their live-fire drill.

Though it is not unusual for the reclusive nation to practice at sea, South Korean officials were alarmed by the alert, which they claim ‘indicates their hostile intention’.

My, my….just when the hawks were at one of their lowest points….gifts from heaven…….what will we do?  (repeat for effect)……….

We Are Under Attack!

Let’s talk about international situations….I mean even curling is more exciting than the politics of the day………

No this is not similar to the Grover’s Mill incident of 1938 where a radio program had residents convinced that they were under attack by Martians……this attack is from stuff I was reading over the weekend…..there were some outlandish claims that we were essentially under attack…because why?

The Iranian Navy is approaching the US maritime borders….say huh?

Iran says it has launched warships with orders to approach US maritime borders in the Atlantic ocean, according to the semi-official Fars news agency. “This move has a message,” an Iranian admiral was quoted as saying. That message: stand up against the US and its allies for stationing vessels in the Persian Gulf. A US defense official told Reuters that he doubted the claim, but said that “ships are free to operate in international waters.” The issue dates back to September 2011, when Iranian Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari said his country would place ships near US maritime borders, RT.com reports. He described the mission as tit-for-tat over “the arrogant powers that are present near our maritime borders.” The US and its allies hold regular naval exercises in the Gulf, saying they want to keep the waterway free for 40% of the world’s seaborne oil exports. The Iranian launch consists of a helicopter-carrying gun ship and a destroyer on a 3-month mission, the BBC reports, so it’s likely the same vessels Iran sent out about three weeks ago.

The biggest outrage I found was the fact that they would be so bold as to send their navy into this situation……STOP!  Now think about it!

They are doing nothing different than the US….whenever China or Russia is having naval exercises we send some of our navy to close proximity….just in case…….the Iranians did the same thing……the US and others are having exercises in the Persian Gulf and Iran is nervous…..I could say for good reason…..I mean we have a couple of well ‘respected’ senators calling for action, military action, to be used against Iran.

What they have done is just a move on the international chess board…that is all…nothing to have a stroke over…..

Good News From Iran?

Remember the words of little Ronnie Reagan….”trust but verify”?  With that in mind……we have heard all the chatter about the deal that the US is working on with Iran over their nukes…..some see it as a good sign for diplomacy while others think it sucks…..since I have studied International Relations especially the Middle East I see it as a good sign….well maybe not a sign but a good start to the end of a major point of contention between Iran and the western powers……

Like I have told my readers I spend hours on line reading Arabic press because there are things happening there that could impact the entire world and most people do not give a sh*t until it is too late…..since my Farsi sucks and I have a magical translate button I have found some interesting info I would like to pass along…..

Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif termed the situation related to the nuclear deal an “historical crossroads,” saying his country is ready and determined to make a permanent nuclear deal.

Negotiations on a nuclear pact are expected later this month, and will take place throughout the six month interim agreement, which began just over a week ago.

US officials have repeatedly downplayed the chances of a deal, and threatened war if Iran doesn’t make the deal that they don’t expect. Zarif was more upbeat about the chances, saying his country has the diplomatic good-will to make a deal now.

An interesting statement from the Iranian FM (Foreign Minister)…..if true and real then Iran is showing some adult thinking…..as opposed of the days of that short sh*t from before…..

I am optimistic…something I have not been in many years of keeping tabs on these types of situations……

Any thoughts you would like to share?