Posted byat 22nd June, 2009
You may have noticed that Iran’s in turmoil once again. So it’s time for another Braniac On Banjo pop quiz. Ready?
Between Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Mirhossein Mousavi, the two “leading” candidates in last week’s wacky Iranian presidential election, which one is in favor of continued local nuclear build-up? Which one is a strong supporter of Hamas and Hezbolla terrorism? Which one holds strong anti-American sentiments?
Sorry. It was a trick question. Both Ahmadinejad and Mousavi are in favor of nuclear build-up, both support Hamas and Hezbolla, and both harbor strong anti-American sentiments.
While I’m at it, in case you hadn’t heard neither guy would call the shots in Iran. Both have been, are, and will always be toadies of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Sure, the people can vote for president, but you cannot run for president without the support of the Supreme Leader and his inner-council.
Given all this, here’s the real $64,000 question. Why is the CIA backing Mousavi? Quite aside from the fact that the United States has no moral authority to tell others how to conduct free elections… isn’t this how our problems in Iran started a generation ago?
In 1953 we – the Americans and the Brits – dumped elected Prime Minister Mohammad Mosaddeq and replaced him with Mohammad Reza Pahlavi… more popularly known as the Shah of Iran. It seems Mosaddeq had, ummm, nationalized British oil interests, promoted theocratic government, and had vaguely positive feelings towards the Commies. You’d think the last two comments make a nice oxymoron, wouldn’t you?
It took a whole new generation of Iranians until 1979 to get rid of the Shah and to hold America responsible for his reign. Now it’s a generation later, and once again opportunity knocks in CIA-land. The CIA: the official intelligence gathering entity of the United States. The folks who give our president exactly what he asks for, truth be damned. The folks who have no discernable sense of history.
So, what the hell, let’s do it all over again America and back a guy every bit as trustworthy as another former ally of ours, Osama Bin Laden.
It’s amazing. No matter who’s in charge, no matter what’s at stake, we Americans never learn.
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