Monday, August 15, 2005

A Little History on the U.S. and Iran--A Must Read

The following essay about Iran, which is one of the best synoptic pieces I have seen, was written by Natylie Baldwin three months ago. However, it is a timeless piece and really needs to be read, studied and remembered by everyone in this nation. Especially now with the Bush/Cheney cabal pointing the finger of invasion at Iraq. In 1954 this nation, thru the C.I.A., orchestrated a coup in Iran and then installed a U.S. puppet regime that lasted fro 25 years until the Iranians overthrew it. Iran has not been the same since.

Now in Washington, Dick Cheney, and his “take-over-the-world” neo-con ideologues, have developed plans to nuke various areas of Iran. Is something seriously wrong with this picture or what? Also, is it not the very same “intelligence” agencies that fed us factually untrue statements about Iraq that are now telling us about how “bad” Iran is and the horrible things the Iranians are planning? What makes anyone think this government is being any more truthful or honest about Iran than it has been about anything else in the last few years?—Jack

Iran: Axis of Culture, History, and Geopolitics
By Natylie Baldwin
Newtopia Magazine

The strong independent spirit of the Iranian people stems from a long history of imperial powers exerting their hegemony directly or using the nation as a pawn in a series of rivalries, namely the Great Game between Russia and Britain in the 19th century, the Cold War in the 20th, and the newly intensified petro-politics of the 21st. Americans would be well-advised to look into the Iranian past if they think that the Neocons will be able to succeed where other imperialists have failed.

BY NATYLIE BALDWIN - When I first viewed the breathtaking images of the detailed rock carvings at the tomb of Xerxes near the ancient Persian capital of Persepolis, along with the Zoroastrian fire temple, I wondered how many in the US had any idea about this part of the rich and complex narrative of a civilization that in ancient times reached a cultural level comparable to that of Greece, Rome or Egypt.

Within the psychological landscape of most Americans, Iran is a distant place filled with strident Khomeini worshippers and women in chadors, remembered most for a frenzied band of zealots who held the US embassy staff hostage over some little understood animosity towards the shah—a man that the US media, throughout most of his brutal reign, depicted with warmth. (1)

More recently, anxious post-9/11 Americans were told by their president that Iran belongs to an ominous triumvirate of evil nations. Seymour Hersh (2) and Scott Ritter (3) both claim to have scuttlebutt from inside sources that the US is planning a military attack on Iran. Many analysts point out that such an attack would not be feasible due to a shortage of US military personnel, Iran’s possession of the dreaded Sunburn missile (4), and the slim chance that Vladimir Putin would simply stand by while a neighbor with such geo-strategic significance is invaded. Therefore, there is speculation that the Bush administration’s saber-rattling is just bluster to get Iran to take negotiations more seriously regarding its nuclear program.

(Here is the link to the full essay by Natylie; this is an absolute must read: )

Natylie may be contact thru: Mt. Diablo Peace & Justice Center in Walnut Creek, California. (


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