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Excuse me, but if there is something that Iran's power is, it is not being new!

Since petroleum became the energy source for the military, namely naval power, the control of it has been tried.
And it goes the other away around: only the most powerful nations can control the seas, so naturally they prefer that petroleum is carried by sea. I am simplifying things here, as Imperial Germany tried to do it by land, as F. William Engdahl describes; the other second industrial revolution's superpower won the XX century war, and due to the geography of politics and also the optimisation of political control of petroleum (the 1971-73 switch of dollar from gold-based to petroleum-based currency), it had to choose the naval option.

So, the most productive oil region of the planet sends its oil by sea, and due to the Ormuz strait, tankers have to pass close to Iran's coast.
In order to a distant power to control its resources, it is necessary first and foremost to guarantee that the locals are weak. Then is not surprising the suggestion by Houchang Nahavand, in his book "The Last Shah of Iran" that the demise of the Shah was orchestrated by the US authorities. Every time Iran emerged as a rising power, it had to be taken down: destabilised [1]. that is what the US expected religious power would do to Iran; and they were right, but not completely.

As for lies and propaganda, and picking another post on this subject, it seems to me that the usual method is not releasing an oblique, slightly distorted truth. It is to, at a given point, to turn things upside down, and state the very opposite of truth.
Notice that Geopolitics has been a demised concept, even more than History. It is like sexuality and violence: denied to common usage, in order to assure the control of its usage. This demise affect only only as we perceive Iran, but also as we perceive Europe.

[1] this last word is a direct reference to the end of the EXCERPT of Houchang Nahavandi's book presented in the Studien von Zeitfragen web site.

by findmeaDoorIntoSummer on Sun Oct 12th, 2008 at 09:45:11 AM EST

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