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CIA returns to Iran: Here we go again

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The CIA has returned to the scene of the crime. It was Tehran, 1953, where the CIA first toppled a democratically elected government (See Wikipedia’s Operation Ajax). Iran’s crime? Wanting 50% of its own oil profits. The revolution that brought religious conservatives into power was made possible by outrage in the Iranian public toward the subsequent corrupt, totalitarian, US-puppet regime.

America should apologize. Instead, according to the ABC News’ Blotter, the US government is back at it:

Bush Authorizes New Covert Action Against Iran

May 22, 2007 6:29 PM

Brian Ross and Richard Esposito Report:

Bush_authorizes_mnThe CIA has received secret presidential approval to mount a covert “black” operation to destabilize the Iranian government, current and former officials in the intelligence community tell the Blotter on

The sources, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the subject, say President Bush has signed a “nonlethal presidential finding” that puts into motion a CIA plan that reportedly includes a coordinated campaign of propaganda, disinformation and manipulation of Iran’s currency and international financial transactions. […]

Ah, Mr. Bush. Please, not again. Don’t take us lower still.

Iran is changing; religious radicals—always a minority—are losing power. When America gives the Iranian public reasons for mistrust, Iranian radicals surge in popularity. Must we ever repeat our blunders? When will we learn that our aggressiveness is extremism’s life-blood?

Please, Mr. President: recall the CIA.
Please, Congress: require ethical dealing with Iran.
Please, Presidential candidates: offer alternatives. Speak up.

Forced submission means peace delayed. “Black ops” is demonstrably bankrupt.
Lead us to a better way.

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Written by Monte

May 23, 2007 at 6:14 pm

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  1. Naj once told me, too, that Persian custom is to say things with forceful extravagance, and that the subsequent meaning may be far less aggressive than it would seem in English.
    Yes, I like the links! Thanks!


    May 29, 2007 at 12:53 pm

  2. Disinformation works its way back from the Middle East as well : though with Fox “News” watchers beaten on awareness of current events by watchers of the Daily Show, it’s not the only source ( plus feckless leader ).
    Quotes from Iran were first listed as “spun” in Germany. I know as well some Arabic languages are somewhat ‘elastic’ in their meaning – context is important. I posted alternate translations in my Blogroll – I’m not sure I didn’t originally cadge them from Ann at Reclaiming Space/People’s Geography.
    I’m trying for a mix of demographics on my resources – along with thoughtful, perhaps passionate views. I hope you enjoy being linked – but of course, if there are problems, just say the word.


    May 26, 2007 at 10:34 pm

  3. I doubt it, as well. A friend of mine says, “When all you’ve got is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.” I think it is very hard for conservatives to realize that force simply doesn’t work very well. The military is so very mighty, it seems like it should be able to do anything, and it’s so easy to believe in it. But the most important battles simply don’t get won that way – force may bring temporary submission, but rarely compels a change of inner allegiance. Minds, I think, are changed by wooing more than by beating. [That’s one of the reasons I’m so enamored by Jesus – he rejects power almost every time he has opportunity to use it.] Ann at PeoplesGeography is so good at this.
    Meanwhile, the military gets sent in again and again, disaster ensues, political pressure forces a pull-back, and conservatives say, “If you’d only let us stay in there and finish the job for once …” and feel nothing has been proven.
    Thus, they remain eager for the next chance to prove themselves.
    Ah, for a leader who would project a vision of another way of doing foreign policy altogether!
    So good to hear from you. Around the world, there must be a thousand conversations going on like this – surely some change will result.


    May 26, 2007 at 11:44 am

  4. I’m sure the CIA is trying to set a little fire here and a little fire there. But exploding a country of 70 million with CIA covert operation?!

    In 1953, Iran’s experience with democracy was infantile. In 1953, Iran was “not” ruled by a machiavellian regime. I doubt those who run CIA and the white house today have a good grasp of Iran. And I doubt the Iranian scholars who do have a good grasp of Iran are willing to cooperate with the white house. And Iran is sending a strong message by arresting Iranian scholars who are on Washington payroll.

    But I am afraid, that this time around, America is covertly funding and provoking the most fundamentalist elements of Iranian regime. This is a model that they think has worked for them in the past (e.g. Taliban in Afghanistan vs. USSR!) The price that America is paying for it, however, is high.

    I just hope they know their math! I doubt!


    May 25, 2007 at 8:30 pm

  5. […] – The news are as messy as usual. Monte (and 99 and Naz-banoo) mentioned the new covert action about Iran, a sort of complement of a previous article: Subverting Iran – Washington’s Covert War Inside […]

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