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I am not satisfied with the information that we receive in the US from our media about Iran. With some on the Right insisting that we or Israel must attack Iran, I am reading several books on the country to gain a better insight on possible peaceful solutions. The best of the books I am currently reading is Neither East Nor West, One Woman’s Journey through the Islamic Republic of Iran by Christiane Bird who also wrote a book entitled A Thousand Sighs, A Thousand Revolts: Journeys in Kurdistan about the Kurds of Northern Iraq, Eastern Turkey and Western Iran. The Kurds are the most populous ethnic group in the world without a country to call their own. They have the misfortune to occupy a territory that is rich in oil that the three countries, Iran, Turkey and Iraq are unwilling to cede to the Kurds.

If you want to understand Iran more thoroughly in these turbulent times, I highly recommend Christiane Bird’s book. Another book that I wish I had in my possession to read is Kermit Roosevelt‘s Countercoup: The Struggle for the Control of Iran, first published in 1979 and long out of print. Roosevelt was FDR’s grandson and CIA station chief for Iran and surrounding countries. In his book, he related what dirty tricks the CIA used to bring down the freely elected Iranian government of  Mohammad Mosaddegh and restore the Shah to power. The Iranian people have not forgiven us for that, and it was part of the reason the US was referred to as the “Great Satan” after the Iranian revolution of 1979.

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  1. Good post! I was listening to Bill Press (liberal) this morning with his guest, Joe Cirincione (anti-nuclear proliferation spokesman) saying Iran is this close to blowing up the world (my words for effect). This upsets me to no end. Why are the US and Israel the only ones who can have weapons — weapons that have killed massive amounts of people? I don’t believe the hype.

    • The Iranian people want the prestige of nuclear power and technology, while their leaders want nuclear weapons to deter Israel and the US from attacking them.

  2. Thanks- added book to my reading list.

    As a fan of history- and particularly little known US involvement in such, I would recommend as some background research reading up on Operation Ajax – the US backed coup overthrowing the democratically elected government and very progressive prime minister. Arguably the first (of money_ CIA backed coups and assinations of democratically elected world leaders.

    Also somewhat relevant is the assination of Faisal…Al Saud- king of Saudi Arabia by his nephew in 1975. Faisal was very progressive (and a huge fan of the Grateful Dead- whose 1975 album Blues for Allah was in memory of his assination, or I suppose I should say, his life). While no US involvement in that event has ever been proven, theories have certainly swarmed as the nephew who carried out the assination had just returned from the US, and there is at least circumstancial evidence of high level meetings occuring with him at that time)

    • I’ll bet that US history with Saudi Arabia is fascinating. At the moment, I am concentrating on bin Laden at Tora Bora and Pakistan. Relying on Pakistan to trap bin Laden and al-Qaeda fleeing from Afghanistan was truly dumb.

  3. Reblogged this on The ObamaCrat.Com™ and commented:
    Very good post Mr. Rhett. I never believe what the media or the intelligence community tells Americans about any nation, not even the United States. Just look back to Dubbya’s administration OR the just finished election cycle….a supposed close election…

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