Malcolm Byrne reports the news of a sixty-year open secret.
Why is this important? The Iranian people had, for the first time in the 2500 years of Persian history stretching back to the biblical Cyrus the Great, democratically elected Mohammad Mosaddegh prime minister in free and fair elections. One of his first acts was to nationalize Iran’s oil fields.
The US CIA and the British MI6 (now SIS) conspired as agents provocateur to reverse the course of history, had Mossadegh deposed and, within a few days, Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi, already titular leader of modern Iran, restored foreign oil company control of Iran’s oil reserves.
Iranians never forgot that, and in 1979 took their revenge by restoring the exiled Ayatollah Khomeini to prominence in their Islamic Revolution. What followed echoes still.
It’s about the oil. It’s always about the oil.