Washington and Israel Target Iran
Both countries want puppet leadership replacing Iran's independent government.
by Stephen Lendman
Escalating anti-Iranian tensions continues. More on what's ongoing below.
February 10 marks Iran's 1979 revolution's 34th anniversary. On January 31, 10 days of commemorative activities began.
Imam Khomeini was exiled for 15 years in Paris. On February 1, 1979, he returned to Tehran. Doing so marked the beginning of Ten Days of Dawn.
On February 10, they culminated successfully. A generation of repressive Reza Shah Pahlavi rule ended. He was Washington's man in Tehran.
He remained so until a White House task force recommended replacing him with Ayatollah Khomeini.
It was part of a larger scheme. It involved balkanizing the region along tribal and religious lines. It sought to create an arc of crisis through Central Asia to Soviet Russia.
In 1978, it became urgent. The Shah was negotiating a 25-year oil deal with British Petroleum (BP). Talks broke down. BP demanded exclusive rights to future output. Company officials refused to guarantee oil purchases.
The Shah sought new European buyers. He sought others elsewhere. He hoped to create a modern energy infrastructure. He wanted it built around nuclear power. He wanted Iranian and regional power needs transformed.
He wanted Iran's dependence on oil reduced. He wanted Washington's pressure to recycle petrodollars weakened. He sought increased foreign investments.
Washington was alarmed. It tried blocking his plan. It failed. Disruptive tactics followed. Iranian oil purchases were cut. Other economic pressures followed.
Disruptive instability was stoked. Measures included strikes, religious rivalries, and efforts to incite anti-Shah sentiment.
Media scoundrels regurgitated US propaganda. Khomeini leadership was promoted. In January 1979, things came to a head. The Shah fled. Khomeini returned. He proclaimed an Islamic Republic. He got overwhelming public support.