Friday, April 4, 2008

The 1953 CIA Coup in Iran and the Roots of Terror

Gaza, we turn now to Iran. Iranian President
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in Iraq Sunday for a
historic meeting with Iraqi leaders, first
visit to Iraq by an Iranian president since
the Iran-Iraq conflict of the ’80s. At a
news conference with Iraqi Prime Minister
Nouri al-Maliki in Baghdad, Ahmadinejad said
his visit would open a new era in Iraq-Iran
ties. He also rejected US allegations his
government is interfering in Iraq’s affairs.

Stephen Kinzer is the author
of All the Shah’s Men: An American Coup
and The Roots of Middle East Terror
. The
book chronicles the CIA-backed 1953
overthrow of Iran’s democratically elected
government after Iran nationalized its oil
industry. The aftershocks of the coup are
still being felt. His book has just come out
in paperback, and he’s traveling the country
to warn against a US attack on Iran.

“Is it not funny that
those with 160,000 forces in Iraq accuse us
of interference?”
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