Forever Under Construction


Posted in Iran by homeyra on June 20, 2008

A much esteemed friend highly recommends the following video on some recent history of Iran:
“It begins with Barbara Slavin, USA Today Foreign Affairs Chief and author of Bitter Friends, Bosom Enemies saying the 1953 Coup is essential to understanding the relationship between Iran and the United States.

Yeah? Well Duh! Ya think?

But it gets better. Trita Parsi of NIAC speaks also.

There’s a very good slide show of historical footage of Mossaddeq and the Shah and the Iranian people who lived in poverty when the the British-American coup took place. Stephen Kinzer explains that “many people don’t understand that Iran had a thriving democracy….

6.09 mn Video originally posted at Just Foreign Policy


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  1. Dean said, on June 20, 2008 at 5:20 pm

    Sweet! Thank you for posting. I’ve always had a major crush on Barbara Slavin. She’s pretty smart for a mainstream journalist. Doesn’t seem to be taken in by “The Lobby” spin.

  2. Dean said, on June 20, 2008 at 6:44 pm

    Sorry to abuse your comments with serial attacks, but I was just reading the Talk Page of the Wiki link you posted to the 1953 coup.

    There is quite a healthy discussion with who considered monarchy the better option. There is also a confluence of the Western historical style and non-English speakers seeking to have input on the article.

    It is hard to reconcile all points of view in a wiki article, but at least people are talking about it.

    For me the facts are meaningless dry things. What I find interesting is how people interpret “facts.” Inspite of the best efforts of honest scholars “facts” remain in short supply. Interpretations of facts, on the other hand, are everywhere.

    Most Americans believe the United States has a divine right to intervene in the affairs of other countries where “our interests” reside. Yet – if you use the reflexive property of the Golden Rule I don’t know one American who would consent to another country pursuing its interest in the United States using the same means the United States uses in other countries.

    For example – the great debate about tapping telephone calls. Americans are up in arms that government might be listening to their telephone calls, but somehow it is fine if your clandestine services are listening to telephone conversations in other countries.

    I’m not sure whether it is conscious hypocrisy or whether people just don’t think about things very deeply.

    I live by the Golden Rule. I don’t do anything to anybody else that I would not want them to do to me. If it would be wrong for them to do it to me, it’s wrong for me to do it to them.

    “Our interests” is a flexible rule which Aristotle would be quick to point out if he were still teaching Ethics. And everyone knows, hopefully, that a flexible rule isn’t good for anything.

  3. homeyra said, on June 20, 2008 at 7:26 pm

    I’ll be more than glad to have your “serial attacks” in this blog.
    I never thought of reading the talk page in Wiki- what a great idea!
    A while ago I tried to find some good text on the perversion of language. (Does perverted language lead to a perverted ethic or is it the other way around? 🙂 ) And obvious and legitimate notions such as “our interests” turns into instruments of blind aggression, and not many seem to notice.
    The Fanonite has this great quote in his portal:
    “…for the last forty years, our thought has been trapped in hollow structures of language, a stale, dead but immensely successful rhetoric. This has represented, in my view, a defeat of the intelligence and of the will.” Harold Pinter.
    Maybe one should edit the word Ethic to fit the present reality 🙂

  4. The Pagan Sphinx said, on June 21, 2008 at 6:31 pm

    Thanks for this. I pilfered it for my blog, complete with accurate information about both your nationality and gender! ;-), as well as a link to this blog.

    Thanks, Homeyra. Dean’s comments are also appreciated.

    Yours in Peace,

  5. Pedestrian said, on June 21, 2008 at 8:24 pm

    I’ve seen this video before … I’d forgotten about it 😉

    Stephen Kinzer is an interesting guy … he walks both lines if you ask me. On one level he sounds reasonable. On another, he writes articles for the New York Times, that, for example, question the existence of an Armenian genocide.

    I guess the New York Times ‘ll do that to ya …

    On a side note, Homeyra, have you see The Story of Stuff?

    My friend sent me the link around a year or so ago, and I was delighted to see it again on Aref Adib’s website …

  6. homeyra said, on June 22, 2008 at 4:53 am

    Thanks Gina! Wow, all accurate 🙂
    LOL Pedestrian! “I guess the New York Times ‘ll do that to ya …”
    Ann posted The Story of Stuff a while ago. Great video, good reminder by AA.

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