Wednesday, 19 August 2009

On the 56th anniversary of the 1953 coup d'etat

There isn't much I can say which hasn't been said over the past 56 years regarding the unjust ousting of Dr Mossadegh in a cowardly coup d'etat. He was a tireless fighter for the Iranian people, a democrat, a secularist, a liberal, in short everything that is good in a politician, the fact that he was removed by the greedy governments of Britain and America in 1953 remains one of the most tragic political events of our time.

The removal of Dr Mossadegh, a true servant of the people, in exchange for short term profit from Iran's oil, which ought to have helped the Iranian people, not it's foreign corporate masters who acquired it illegally and unfairly, truly shows the depths of human depravity and greed. The oil was stolen, the autocratic Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi replaced a democratic government, and the immature seeds of democracy in Iran were destroyed once more.

Interestingly enough, today's politicians, the likes of Albright, Obama and Straw have realised what a mistake 1953 was because the foisting of a dictatorial and corrupt Shah on Iran's people invariably lead to discontent and eventually to the 1979 Revolution, which has since lead to the deaths of tens of thousands of people and the rise of Islamism in Iran and provides a far bigger nightmare for Britain and the USA than Dr Mossadegh and oil nationalisation ever did.

The events of August 19th 1953 are a sombre reminder of the far reaching repercussions of corruption, greed and imperialism. Today is a time to reflect and remember men like Dr Mossadegh and Hossein Fatemi who put Iran's people above their own personal gain, and paid the ultimate price. In an era of disgusting, fraudulent politicians like Khamenei, Rafsanjani and Ahmadinejad, who only exist to line their pockets whilst Iranians suffer, it is comforting to remember those who stood up for Iran.

Comments are most welcome


  1. I am not sure he was much of a fighter considering he initiated his own coup against the monarchy.

  2. Arash

    The story of the Good Doctor versus the Evil Shah has been oversold. I'm not a monarchist but I have far more sympathy for the much-maligned Shah than I do for the emotionally unstable and basically over-rated Mossadeq.

    The best and the most eloquent analysis of 28 Mordad was given by Mashallah Adjoudani in a recent BBC interview. Yes the coup was a mistake, and a big mistake, but it was a mistake of Mossadeq's making:

    Thank you for your kind comments on Winston's blog, btw!


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