Iran and the U.S. – Choosing Commonality | Blue Oklahoma
(Hal Spake at the recent Peace Festival.) By Hal Spake, Americans Against the Next War With the recent extension of the nuclear enrichment talks between the US and Iran, there has been a rising crescendo of calls for a military response, mostly from the same camp that gave us the gift of war In Iraq. The talks between the two countries are complicated by long-standing resentments on both sides. Americans remember the 1979 Iran Embassy hostage crisis during the Carter administration. Iranians' remember 1953, when the CIA's Middle-East Bureau Chief engineered a coup deposing Iran's democratically elected Prime Minister. The popular Mohammed Mossadegh was replaced with the Shah and his brutal enforcers, the Savak. This was done because Britain wanted to reclaim Iran's oil.