Recently, Iran held public celebrations for the 38th anniversary of the 1979 Iranian revolution.
Many American Neo-Conservatives and right-wingers rightfully condemn the “Death To America” chants, but some never seem to apply historical context to why people think they way they do. The reason why some Iranians hold these hateful rallies is more complicated than they tell you.
During the mid to late-1900s the USA, through the CIA, worked to overthrow leaders of multiple countries, not just in the Middle East, but in Latin America, Africa, and Asia too.
Each country has their own story. Some were overthrown because they had communist leanings so, maybe, you could make a good moral case as to why the US did the necessary thing. In other examples, though, particularly in the Middle East, it seems like the only reason the USA overthrew a country’s leader is because of monied-interests. In Iran’s case, it’s because of oil.
In 1953, the CIA overthrew a democratically elected Iranian Prime Minister, Dr. Mohadad. This was because Mohadad ran on the campaign of nationalizing money made from the oil industry. In his words, he wanted to “give money back to the Iranian people,” since, at the time, the UK owned Iranian oil reserves.
The CIA installed a US-backed dictator Shah, who ruled Iran for around 25 years and, during that time, crushed political dissent while expanding the gap between the rich and the poor while serving the global elites, not the people.
The Shah also made social reforms as he began to modernize Iran (so progress in women’s rights). But the bottomline was the Shah was an unelected leader.
In 1979, Iranians rose up and overthrew him by holding American hostages in a US embassy and, more importantly, exiling the Shah to Egypt.
That’s why there are celebrations on the streets of Iran. It’s also why the right-wingers in Iran chant “Death to America.” They hate America because of what the CIA did to protect the oil interests of a UK oil company that, by the way, is now called British Petroleum, or BP.
America’s military doesn’t just mind their own business. Because of what they did, we’re still feeling the blow back politically and culturally speaking, to the point where we hear chants of “Death To America,” on Iranian streets as they celebrate the 38th anniversary of their revolution.
Though the Iranian revolution replaced one dictator with another (now a theocratic Islamist one), the reasons why the revolution occurred clearly had justification. America had absolutely no right to overthrow their democratically elected leader and, sadly, because they did overthrow the leader, many of the Iranian people feel they need to burn flags and hate all Americans.
I agree with the Neo-Conservatives and embolden right-wingers that it’s wrong for the Iranian people to go out and chant, “Death to America,” but there’s a reason the Iranian people think the way they do and there’s a reason why a lot of world hates America (hint: their military)
Just look at a map of all the military bases that are right now surrounding Iran.
“They hate us because they hate us.” I wonder why some of them hate us?
America needs to stop meddling in the Middle East.
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