Wednesday, 26 August 2015

The West Overthrew Iranian Democracy 62 Years Ago

62 years ago today, 19 August, the US and UK overthrew the democratically elected government of Iran. The parliament under Prime Minister Mosaddegh voted to nationalize Iran's oil, so the capitalist West violently reinstated the monarchy, on behalf of the Anglo-Iranian Oil Company (present-day BP).

Yet the capitalist West did not overthrew the elected Iranian government simply because it feared democracy. The primary reason the CIA and MI6 orchestrated the coup was to ensure that Western corporations can maintain access to Iran's enormous oil reserves.

This event was know as Operation Ajax and is officially acknowledged by the CIA as one of their 'successes'.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, August 26th, 2015.]

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