The West and The Shah

The Feb 14th rally was held three days after the anniversary of the Islamic revolution in Iran. We should think more about how the Islamic revolution were created. Indeed, what happened behind the scenes is very important and many people are ignorant of it. As we said before in Iran, the UK, and the BBC we could find some useful sources about the contemporary history. The online English sources (the good ones) about the Shah and Islamic revolution are few, but the books that were written by western diplomats, ex-regime people, and ex-revolutionaries are good enough. For instance the following books revealed some good secret facts:

[1] “Mission to Iran”, by William H. Sullivan , the US ambassador in Iran 1977 – 1979
[2] “The Pride and The Fall”, by Anthony Parsons, the UK ambassador in Iran 1974 – 1979
[3] “Mission to Tehran” by General Robert E. Huyser, US General who was secretly sent to Iran in 1979

I hope you could find these books outside Iran. Here we have just an old and maybe censored translation of them. Indeed, if anyone could find or make an online version of them and send a link for us, we think the Iranians would be very happy and grateful.

And now some hidden facts: Do you know that the US asked the Shah to leave Iran, like the cases of Mubarak and Ben Ali? and Do you know that the Shah was very seek (he had cancer) as Ben Ali, and the 83 years old Mubarak? Sullivan pointed to some hidden facts in book[1]. Here are excerpts of it:

‘Our first meeting with Iranian dissidents have been held secretly in the secret places … But in the spring of 1978 (exactly one year before the Islamic revolution) the situations were changed and we seized the opportunity … our Embassy developed its contact networks within the Iranian dissidents and won their confidence … Most of them were surprised by our opinions and the fact that how much our opinions were close to them … Once the Shah asked me, with astonishment, that what has he done wrong with the US that the CIA want to topple him? then the Shah added that he can understand the root of the UK’s hostility towards himself, but he can not understand the roots of the US’s hostility … In my next meetings with the Shah, he never talked about this issue again or complain of our contacts with the Iranian dissidents, but instead he often asked me “What are your Mullah friends doing?!” We finally could make contacts with Ayatollah Beheshti (Khomeini’s senior advisor) … The Shah asked me and Parsons, the UK ambassador in Iran, to meet him regularly. At the first meeting he said us indirectly that he is sick and want to resign and crown his son king of Iran … After the UK refused to accept the Az-hari cabinet, our mutual meeting with Shah was cancelled … In another meeting with the Shah, I informed him about what our agent was going to tell Khomeini. The Shah listened carefully, and then asked me to inform him of the result of our negotiation with Khomeini … Finally I took a secret message form Washington. I had to meet the Shah and told him that his expediency and the US’s expediency implied that he should leave Iran as soon as possible … After I said it to Shah, he desperately asked: “Well, but where should I go?

And Do you know that the West considered the Shah as a threat to the economic stability of the world and the responsible of the inflation and economic crisis of 1970s? Actually after 1974, the West saw Shah as an ambitious man who increased the oil price and did not obey them as before; They wanted to get rid of him. Check books [1],[2],[3]. Also the Time had an interesting interview with Shah at 1974. And this is part 2 of the interview. . It could be very helpful. Here are excerpts of the interview:

‘At the Treasury Department (of the US) the Shah is generally thought of a megalomaniac whose stubbornness and greed over oil prices represent a threat to the economic stability of the world. Treasury Secretary William Simon has publicly described the Shah as a “nut” and as “irresponsible & reckless.” …. President Ford and Kissinger in his latest United Nations speech, abruptly cautioned the oil-producing nations not to price their product at disastrously high levels … But the Shah warned: “Nobody can dictate to us .. If this is a serious policy of the US, then on this subject we are going to have a very serious clash” … The Shah said: sometimes I wonder why others want to be so generous [in attempting to lower oil prices] at our expense .. you must have leadership and strong governments in the West to stop inflation … The Arab states of the Persian Gulf are apprehensive about the massive military power of the Shah … but at the same time, they are pleased with the Shah’s insistence on higher oil prices … Within the councils of OPEC, the Shah has consistently argued for keeping prices high … but many Western leaders find it hard to accept the Shah’s argument

It’s like the scenario for Egypt and Tunisia, isn’t it ? In fact, What Obama did and said about Egypt and Mubarak is like what Jimmy Carter did with Iran and the Shah. We should really think more about the historical facts. Howard Zinn thought us that we should be very skeptical towards the standard history.

One Response to The West and The Shah

  1. The West and The Shah « News About Iran…

    Here at World Spinner we are debating the same thing……

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