February 13, 2017

Why Iran Holds “Death to America” Rallies

Jay FayzaRebel Columnist
 

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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commented 2017-02-15 14:24:23 -0500
Yes, we need to look at history to understand the puzzle pieces of the Middle East, thank you.

And the other part to understand, just as important, is the Qu’ran itself. (Amazon, about $7, Oxford University Press), So many familiar biblical stories are told differentely than in the Bible, being told in the Qu’ran to teach against Christians and Jews, f.e in Sura 61 “the Ranks” Chapter, the Messenger (Mohammed) to establish a “religion” above every other, after describing the miracles of Jesus and unbelief of the followers. As Christians we see our Lord, Jesus Christ, clearly defined (and often referred to). He is of course only preparing the way for a bigger messenger called Ahmad (the Ranks Chapter, Sura 61). How can pastors possibly stay silent when the name our Lord Jesus gets referred to in this way, not just once, but very often ? Is it perhaps time to open our eyes and see it for ourselves?
commented 2017-02-14 05:17:36 -0500
So the msm portrays Iran as the leading financial backer of terrorism but in my point of view Saudi Arabia is the main backer of terrorism I think media needs too cover Saudi Arabia backing terrorism slot more then they are
commented 2017-02-14 03:51:41 -0500
Oh right, good old project ajax. Too bad the kids do not learn about it in school.
commented 2017-02-13 22:05:26 -0500
Iran does not have a democracy t’s a theocracy, which is better, one of my friend , left Iran with all his family, and has been in Canada for 20 years, he says the people of Iran are held hostage by Islam, all that is forbidden like alcohol, partying , dancing and cursing is done in private , and money never finds his way to the Iranian . but you’re right the U.S. should stay out of foreign country internal affair, bring back the troops and protect your country from within,
commented 2017-02-13 20:33:25 -0500
Even Hillary whore a nijab but you could drop her in anywhere and she could solve any problem.Just take Syria and Libya for example.Right Jay,
commented 2017-02-13 20:02:41 -0500
Yes the Shah got rich while few Iranians prospered much. However when you look at crowds of Iranians from the sixties and seventies you would think you were looking at people from any western country. Not a burka, niqab or hijab to be seen. They may not have had democracy but they certainly had a lot more freedom. That generation succumbed to the Islamists but a remnant remembers and when they rose up in protest several years ago, that’s when the spineless Obama should have stood up for them. One might be forgiven for thinking Obama’s Iran deal, and some of his and Hillary’s other ME meddling, had something to do with their hate for Israel.
commented 2017-02-13 19:58:05 -0500
Hahaha..say what you may..but never forget .Taquiya..liers..all Muslims are liers..beware..
commented 2017-02-13 17:06:27 -0500
The events took place during the contextual timeframe of the Cold War. God alone knows what intrigues were at play . Suffice to say that deposing the elected government and supplanting the evil Shah was a blunder.
commented 2017-02-13 16:35:07 -0500
The U.S. put sanctions on Iran. We aren’t stealing their oil. They continued to sell their oil to many countries, but couldn’t bring that money home, and so it was kept in escrow until sanctions lifted. Which Obama did. Iran is now flush with money, fully armed and Putin’s buddy. How much of the wealth are the Mohammedan’s funneling back to the Iranian on the street? ( none of our business , just a point of interest) Under the circumstances can we afford to sit back and ‘lead from behind’?
All I’m saying is I would like to see the U.S. speak(walk) softly but carry a big stick.
…and then there is Syria. The opposite of what the American’s and allies have been doing under Obama is what they should be doing now. A time where we might want to work with Russia to stop ISIS and the rebel forces we have been arming for the past several years.
commented 2017-02-13 16:24:40 -0500
That should read “before Bill M103 is passed”. Silly me.
commented 2017-02-13 16:20:58 -0500
Since 9/11 – IN THE NAME OF ISLAM (SATAN): 32,809 Attacks, 210,232 Killed, 293,933 Injured that we know of.

Having said that, I agree with everything you said, Jay. And I don’t think enough of us recognize that history. If western democracies are going to make rational policies going forward, we have to understand the historic events that got us to where we are today. However, Islam still remains a satanic ideology, and I better get that out there before Bill M103 is past.
commented 2017-02-13 16:00:44 -0500
I agree that America needs to mind its own business where possible. Installing a dictator who modernized the country but also pissed off many Islamics, who didn’t just hate him because he was installed and a dictator, but also because they resented being taken, kicking and screaming out of the dark ages. Also, the reason all that fire power is aimed at Iran at the moment has more than a little bit to do with Obama’s brilliant nuclear deal he made with them, basically arming our enemy with nuclear capability.

Energy is currency. Who ever controls that, controls the world. Even if we didn’t interfere, what do we do when the other big players get emboldened because we stand down? Putin is now controlling the chess pieces in the M.E. because Obamba took the back seat.

While I agree that many many mistakes have been made in the past by just about all of the previous U.S. presidents, it isn’t just a matter of minding our own business. It is about market share at this point where oil is concerned, and who is boss or gets bossed. We don’t need their oil anymore but we need them to stop throwing their weight around and manipulating OPEC. Putin needs to feel a little less free to threaten countries he wants back with having their oil supply shut off, etc.
We have to protect our allies,( we might want to have a stern chat with Turkey and Saudi Arabia, though ) and we have to make what ever moves we need, to keep North America safe.

I am hoping Mattis and the other military strategists on Trumps team can accomplish some sanity in America’s foreign policy,without pissing off too many more people. The less we have to interfere, the better. I think Mattis thinks so too.
I do agree that the U.S. has made some hair brained moves.
commented 2017-02-13 15:37:05 -0500
Jay, nobody would like to see our troops and sneek-and-peeks out of the middle east more than me. But until we are oil independant that cannot be. And we cannot be oil independant because arab oil interests fund the eco freaks to obstruct that so that they don’t loose us as a market.

Jay…let go of the notion of “innocent victim”.
commented 2017-02-13 15:08:59 -0500
Just remember with the vetting questions infidels can be lied to under Islam. I agree the US should get out of the middle east. All those people can just get along with each other no need to come here. Right.
Israel would be attacked instantly. Who do you think would be next?
commented 2017-02-13 14:57:04 -0500
Do you remember the thousands of snowflakes all around the world protesting President Jimmy (goody-two-shoes) Carter when, on April 7, 1980 he banned travel from Iran into the United States?
Me neither.