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Wednesday, February 16, 2005

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Posted by: Hammer / 4:12 PM

This Modern World:
The history of American intervention in the Middle East is largely a history of unintended consequences. Backing the Shah of Iran set into motion a sequence of events which led more or less directly to 9/11. And, well, once again it looks as if things may not work out as well as the strategists and visionaries might have hoped:
I like This Modern World a lot. The cartoon is great. It's a good blog, too. But to say the United States "backed" the Shah is just not correct. The United States combined with Britain to overthrow the democratically elected prime minister Mossadegh in order to return the Shah to his throne. (In fact, when the coup attempt failed the first time, the United States tried again a couple days later.)

Then the United States backed the Shah for 25 years to help set in motion a sequence of events that led, more or less, to 9/11.


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