"He who does not think himself worth saving from poverty and ignorance by his own efforts, will hardly be thought worth the efforts of anybody else." -- Frederick Douglass, Self-Made Men (1872)
I never said he was a religious nut, I said he used religious nuts to enforce his political power. He also used socialist nuts and nationalist nuts. All of them had a common cause against the Shahs who pissed off Islamists with their social moderation, nationalists with their call for rights for foreign born residents, and socialists by allowing foreign own industries in Iran.If the West hadn't interfered, they may have been able to make their own decisions. Mohammad Mosaddegh was no wild-eyed religious nut. Iran may have ended up in the same place, but they wouldn't have a legitimate reason to blame anyone but themselves.
They still have no legitimate reason to blame anyone but themselves because other than the Cossack armies in Tehran in the 1920s every change of power in Iran was done by the hands of Iranians.
I don't trouble myself with right or wrong in any of these coups in Iran's long history of coups, I am just here to argue that the current state of Iran is not the result of US intervention as the ahistoric narrative tries to make it. The 1952 coup was not the origin or the catalyst for any of the ills that have befallen Iran over the last 110 years. If anything, the Islamic militant faction was born in the late 1800s when the push within Persia towards modernization led to the 1905 Constitutional revolution and the establishment of an Iranian constitution modeled after the constitution of Belgium which separated Islam and the rule of law by codifying the idea that the Shah's powers were a divine gift granted him by the People, rather than by Allah.I'm interesting in how (or whether) you believe the UK\US coup was justified in the '50s.
The course from there was set with many factions of many different motives making convenient agreements of the movement in order to grab and hold power. The Islamists were mostly marginalized for decades, however, until the 1950s when Mosaddegh called on them to help resolve a political dispute with the Shah, and they became a player in Iranian politics from there on.
Give a man a fish and he eats for a day. Teach a man to fish and he stops voting for the Free Fish party.
If only bin Laden told the US the 3,000 killed in the towers were "collateral damage". That would've made their day
or the fact their messiah rush hasn't yet explained it to them.
Then again, Israel has never been able to fight any war by itself (i. e. without leaching off the American taxpayer).