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He was probably the least horrible leader in all of Persian history, but even if he weren't that's beside the point. The Cold war was what mattered back then, not the well-being of the Iranian people.

Peak oil is not an energy crisis. It is a liquid fuel crisis.
by Starvid on Sun Oct 12th, 2008 at 03:32:33 PM EST
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The Cold War is a pretty lame excuse, considering that Mossadeq was a Developmentalist, not a Communist (or even Socialist - Developmentalism was a branch of Social Democracy last I checked). And I beg to differ with the notion that the Shah was less bad than Mossadeq.

- Jake

Friends come and go. Enemies accumulate.

by JakeS (JangoSierra 'at' gmail 'dot' com) on Sun Oct 12th, 2008 at 04:38:04 PM EST
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Well, Mossadeq would likely have been a lot better than the Shah, but he was deposed before he had a chance to prove himself.

And well yes... He wasn't a communist and should really not have been deposed.

Mistakes Were Made(tm).

Peak oil is not an energy crisis. It is a liquid fuel crisis.

by Starvid on Sun Oct 12th, 2008 at 05:53:46 PM EST
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Deposing Mossadeq was not a mistake: It was perfectly consistent with classic imperial doctrine of keeping colonies in a pre-industrial state in order to extract raw materials from them, while protecting domestic (that is, domestic in the suzerein country) companies from being bothered by uppity vassals.

That it was very much not a mistake can be seen from the long list of Western(TM) interventions during the so-called Cold War. The list is rather long - more than twenty-five entries, I believe. And if you can find us more than a handful of actual socialists - nevermind communists - among the deposed governments on that list, I'll buy you a beer next time you're in Copenhagen.

- Jake

Friends come and go. Enemies accumulate.

by JakeS (JangoSierra 'at' gmail 'dot' com) on Sun Oct 12th, 2008 at 06:14:44 PM EST
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