7:45 P.M. This from an ‘ American ‘ reporting for the Tehran Times …

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I found this to be a very interesting read ;

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Here are the six historical reasons that , according to the Intercept , have caused anti-U.S. sentiments in Iran …

 1. The founder of Reuters purchased Iran in 1872 …

 Nasir al-Din Shah , Shah of Iran from 1848-1896 , sold Baron Julius de Reuter the right to operate all of Iran’s railroads and canals , most of the mines , all of the government’s forests and all future industries … The famous British statesman Lord Curzon called it ‘ the most complete and extraordinary surrender of the entire industrial resources of a kingdom into foreign hands that has probably ever been dreamed of ‘ … Iranians were so infuriated that the Shah had to rescind the sale the next year …

 2. The BBC lent a hand to the CIA’s 1953 overthrow of Iran’s Prime Minister Mohammad Mosaddegh …

 If the Reuters thing weren’t enough to give Iranians a grudge against the Western media , the BBC transmitted a secret code to help Kermit Roosevelt ( Teddy’s grandson ) lay the groundwork for an American and British coup against Mosaddegh … BBC Persian also assisted by broadcasting pro-coup propaganda on the orders of the British government … Soon enough the U.S. was training the regime’s secret police in how to interrogate Iranians with methods a CIA analyst said were ‘ based on German torture techniques from World War II ‘ …

 3. U.S. had extensive plans to use nuclear weapons in Iran …

 In 1980 the U.S. military was terrified the Soviet Union would take advantage of the Iranian Revolution to invade Iran and seize the Straits of Hormuz in the Persian Gulf … So the Pentagon came up with a plan : If the Soviets began massing their troops , we would use small nuclear weapons to destroy the mountain passes in northern Iran the Soviets needed to move their troops into the country …

 So we [Americans] wouldn’t be using nukes on Iran , just in Iran … As Pentagon historian David Crist put it … ‘ No one reflected on how the Iranians might view such a scenario ‘ … But they probably would have been fine with it … Just as we’d be fine with Iran nuking Minnesota to prevent Canada from gaining control of the Gulf of Mexico … ‘ No problem ‘  we’d say … ‘ Nuestra casa es su casa ‘ …

 4. U.S. leaders have repeatedly threatened to outright destroy Iran …

 It’s not just John McCain singing ‘ bomb bomb bomb Iran ‘ …  Admiral William Fallon , who retired as head of CENTCOM in 2008 , said about Iran : ‘ These guys are ants … When the time comes … You crush them ‘ … Admiral James Lyons Jr. , commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet in the 1980s , has said we were prepared to ‘ drill them back to the fourth century ‘ … Richard Armitage , then assistant secretary of defense , explained that we considered whether to ‘ completely obliterate Iran ‘ …  Billionaire and GOP kingmaker Sheldon Adelson advocates an unprovoked nuclear attack on Iran … ‘ In the middle of the desert ‘  at first … Then possibly moving on to places with more people …

 Most seriously , the Obama administration’s 2010 Nuclear Posture Review declared that we will not use nuclear weapons ‘ against non-nuclear weapons states that are party to the NPT [ Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty ] and in compliance with their nuclear non-proliferation obligations ‘ … There’s only one country that’s plausibly not in this category … So we were saying we will never use nuclear weapons against any country that doesn’t have them already  … With a single exception … Iran …

Understandably , Iran found having a nuclear target painted on it pretty upsetting …

 5. U.S. shot down a civilian Iranian airliner — killing 290 people, including 66 children

 On July 3 / 1988 , the USS Vincennes , patrolling in the Persian Gulf , blew Iran Air Flight 655 out of the sky … The New York Times had editorialized about ‘ Murder in the Air ‘ in 1983 when the Soviet Union mistakenly shot down a South Korean civilian airliner in its airspace , declaring … ‘ There is no conceivable excuse for any nation shooting down a harmless airliner ‘ … After the Vincennes missile strike , a Times editorial announced that what happened to Flight 655 ‘ raises stern questions for Iran ‘ … That’s right  … For Iran … Two years later the U.S. Navy gave the Vincennes’s commander the highly prestigious Legion of Merit commendation …

 6. U.S. worries about Iranian nukes because they would deter our own military strikes …

 Our rhetoric on Iran seems nonsensical: Do U.S. leaders actually believe Iran would engage in a first nuclear strike on Israel or the U.S. … Given that would lead to a quick and devastating retaliation from those well-armed nuclear powers ? …

 Even conservative U.S. foreign policy experts know that’s incredibly unlikely …. They’re not worried that Americans can’t deter a nuclear-armed Iran  … They’re worried that a nuclear-armed Iran could deter Americans … As Thomas Donnelly , a top Iran analyst at the American Enterprise Institute , put it in 2004 ‘ The prospect of a nuclear Iran is a nightmare … Because of the constraining effect it threatens to impose upon U.S. strategy for the greater Middle East … The surest deterrent to American action is a functioning nuclear arsenal ‘ …

 This perspective  … That Americans must prevent other countries from being able to deter us from waging war  … Is a bedrock belief of the U.S. establishment and in fact was touted as a major reason to invade Iraq …


 

When I began reading this article … I was hoping to take in purely factual information … However it turned into an ‘ opinion piece ‘ … But an interesting read non the less …

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via Six terrible things U.S. and its allies did to Iran – Tehran Times.

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