4th of july

Democracy Can Only Blossom From The People

Mohammad Mosaddaq, Iranian reformer disposed by American intervention which led to decades of despotism.

Mohammad Mosaddaq, Iranian reformer disposed by American intervention, leads to despotism

The etiology of the word compassion means “to suffer with, to share the pain of another.” Compassion is a noble and beautiful emotion. When we view the televised reports of the Iranian color revolution, we as Americans should feel compassion with the masses of people taking to streets in the face of tyranny to demand their democratic voice be heard but we, the American people, should be more concerned with the affairs of our country and the state of our republic’s democracy. We must remember all of the historic failures of king-making and nation building in our nation’s past. The fruits of these labors are nothing but civil war, despotism, terrorism, corruption and social and economic instability which only inspires eventual anti-American sentiment. No good can come of any U.S. involvement in Iran’s political future. If at this crux of history, the popular masses of Iran is demanding a democracy, then for the sake of the people of Iranian, let this blossom of democracy bloom on its own rather than being trampled by American intervention as it has in the past.

In early 1950’s, Iran once had a prime minister who was enormously popular with the people. Mohammed Mosaddeq’s popularity stemmed from his successful nationalization of the rich Iranian oil fields and wresting control of the country’s natural resources from the British corporation, Anglo-Iranian Oil Company. Iran had been defeated recently in World War II to Allied Forces and was still currently occupied. Resentment grew from an eight-year Allied occupation and a growing consciousness of how little Iran profited from Anglo-Iranian Oil Company’s drilling. In his speech explaining nationalization of the oil fields to the people, Mosaddeq stated:

“Our long years of negotiations with foreign countries… have yielded no results this far. With the oil revenues we could meet our entire budget and combat poverty, disease, and backwardness among our people. Another important consideration is that by the elimination of the power of the British company, we would also eliminate corruption and intrigue, by means of which the internal affairs of our country have been influenced. Once this tutelage has ceased, Iran will have achieved its economic and political independence… The Iranian state prefers to take over the production of petroleum itself. The company should do nothing else but return its property to the rightful owners. The nationalization law provide that 25% of the net profits on oil be set aside to meet all the legitimate claims of the company for compensation.”

Iran once aspired for self-determination and was lead by a popular, reformist leader. Mosaddeq successfully pressed parliament to grant the prime minister, an democratically elected position, more powers which directly limited the unconstitutional power of the monarchist Shahs and enacted land reforms to give more share of production to the peasants, abolishing centuries-old feudal agriculture laws and weakening landed aristocracy. Did our government try to foster this budding democracy as it sprouted in Iran or did the United States government conspire with the the United Kingdom to upset Iran’s national stability and dispose Mosaddeq? In response to the nationalization of the Iranian oil fields, AIOC* evacuated all of its technicians, employees, and ceased oil production. AIOC also informed off-shore tankers that Iranian oil would not be accepted on the world market. Britain sailed in ships to bolster and bloat the U.K. warship presence already in the Persian Gulf. The entire oil production in Iran essentially came to a standstill in 1952 Iran produced only 10.6 million barrels of oil whereas only two years earlier, the nation produced 241.4 million barrels. This also brought the economy to an essential standstill. The country now starved, the landscape was now ripe to sow seeds of dissent and political animosity towards Mosaddeq. Although Mosaddeq had open disdain of socialism, Britain involved U.S. interest by convincing Eisenhower’s cabinet that a Mosaddeq-led government was leaning towards Soviet influence. The newly conceived Central Intelligence Agency then launched a successful campaign, Operation Ajax, to oust Iran’s prime minister through the use of propaganda, provocation, intrigue and corruption; ironically everything Mossadaq hoped to end with the nationalization of the Iranian oil fields. After the violent military coup d’état lead by the C.I.A. disposed of Mossadaq, the monarchist Shah was re-enstated by U.S. government intervention. What followed was two decades of the U.S. and the U.K. enjoying the lion’s share of profits generated by Iranian oil produciton and a corrupt puppet government, a monarchist dictatorship of the royal Shah, propped up in power by an army and secret police generously funded by the U.S. and British governments. So corrupt and cruel was this government hatched by American and British intervention, the masses of Iran turned to the radical and authoritarian leadership of the Ayatollah Khomeine in the 1979 Iranian Revolution in part because of strong anti-American sentiment.

One may briefly examine any example from recent history and come to the same conclusion every time: The more the American government intervenes in the Middle East, the more combustible and unstable the political landscape becomes. If one is concerned for the political destiny of Iran, for her delicate democratic aspirations, one should hope and demand our government does not become involved covertly or overtly in any fashion at this present moment in Iran for simply the sake of Iranian democracy. If one is so suffering with the pain of Iran, take action humbly, simply and locally; boycott British Petroleum more commonly known as B.P. and which was once called the Anglo-Iranian Oil Company. If one needs gas while driving past a B.P. filling station, keep driving. If one begins to hear his or her elected representative in the House or Senate rattling the oratory saber crying that the U.S. should intervene on behalf of the Iranian people to “spread democracy,” one should immediately contact his or her elected representative and demand they cease with the misdirected political theater and allow the Iranian people the freedom to determine and secure their own political destiny. If one should hear another on the street commonly saying it would be best if the American government should intervene in Iranian politics on behalf of the Iranian people, one should enlighten and educate this misguided individual of whom Mohammad Mosaddeq was and how the U.S. has mettled long enough in frustrating the growth and spread of democracy in Iran. One should not let their heart, so filled with compassion, blind them from seeing rationally and intelligently what history has to teach us. Democracy can only blossom from the people, not from the intervention of a foreign state.

God bless Iran. God bless the people. God bless America. A salaam alaikum.

* Anglo-Iranian Oil Company, also known as AIOC and now known as British Petroleum or B.P.


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