In 1953 the CIA overthrew democratically elected Prime Minister Mohammed Mosaddeq in Iran. Why? He was very popular for standing up to the oil companies, and their treatment and pay to Iranian workers. In 1952 he used his power to nationalize the oil fields. The CIA bombed cleric’s and blamed him, and paid mobs and police to overthrow him. The Shah then became dictator of Iran. From 1953 to 1978 Iran bought $18 billion worth of military arms from U.S. arms manufacturers. Half of the oil was owned by U.S. oil companies. In 1978, David Rockefeller and Henry Kissinger persuaded Jimmy Carter to allow the Shah to come to the U.S. for medical treatment. Because of this, the Iranians overthrew the Shah and took hostages from the American embassy where the 1953 “Operation Ajax” was run. This was the “Islamic Revolution” that changed Iran from a dictatorship to an Islamic Republic. The U.S. traded arms for those hostages. Israel was the middle man. The Iran-Contra scandal in 1984-85 showed that the CIA was selling arms to Iran even up to that time, while diplomatically supporting and selling arms to Iraq.
Iraq became a nation after WWII and had ties with the Soviet Union until 1978. It nationalized its oil in 1972. Sadaam Hussein became President in 1979 although he had been prominent since 1964. He was a reformist secular leader who abolished most Sharia law courts. In 1978 he ousted the last of the Communist Party from the political structure. His internal police was brutal to opposition and although he was westernized, he was hated by his own people. In 1980, the U.S. supported and sold arms (including chemical) to Iraq in Sadaam's attempt to conquer Iran. Sadaam declared himself "winner" in 1988. He used biological weapons supplied by the U.S. on the Kurds within his country who were attacking Iraqi military. Kuwait gave $30 billion to help Iraq in its war with Iran and Iraq wanted the debt cancelled, but Kuwait refused. Kuwait was also “slant drilling” into Iraqi oil fields. So in 1990 he thought he could conquer Kuwait and have U.S. backing. Oops.
The Saudi government who supported Iraq during the Iraq-Iran war, allowed the U.S. to build (using Bin Laden and Sons Construction) and use bases within Saudi Arabia to attack Iraq in 1990. Saudi Arabia is the holiest of holies for the Muslim religion. Many religious zealots in the religion issued a Jihad against America. Osama Bin Laden was a Saudi who was a central figure to many Muslims for his great ‘win’ against the Soviet Union in keeping occupiers out of Afghanistan. The CIA supported him and funded him. Then he saw the U.S. as the great new evil. 15 of the 19 hijackers responsible for the attack on 9/11 were Saudi, as is their leader.
THOSE DARN JIHADISTS JUST HATE OUR FREEDOMS, OUR WOMEN’S RIGHTS AND OUR CHRISTIAN RELIGION
Imagine Ron Paul as President. Removing all troops from the Persian Gulf and ignoring the UN. Selling food and everything else to Iran, Iraq, and every other country in the region. Signing new treaties with each country, and formally apologizing to the Muslim community. THen Congress issues a Letter of Marqe and Reprisal against Osama Bin Laden, putting a $1 Billion price tag on his head.
Our troops would be honored by the vanquished as truly good will soldiers instead of invaders, and our troops would be honored by us. Good will never fails, but it never is considered good will by using guns. National Defense is never National Offense, and 9/11 should not change us for the worse.